The Other Boat Race
BBC Three and BBC1, 22 to 27 March 2004
Two celebrity teams composed of Oxford and Cambridge University graduates train for, and compete in, a re-creation of the annual Universities Boat Race. It was a poignant time for the BBC, because it was the 150th year of the competition and they were just about to lose broadcasting rights to ITV.
A well made programme where the underdogs won despite all the odds.
- Jonathan Aitken, ex Tory MP
- Richard Herring, stand-up comic
- Helen Atkinson Wood, actress and comedian
- Anna Botting, Sky newsreader
- Toby Young, journalist
- Emma Kennedy, TV presenter
They are coached by gold rowing medallists Tim Foster and Martin Cross.
- Stephanie Cook, Olympic Pentathlete gold medallist
- Edward Stourton, Radio 4 'Today' presenter
- Jan Ravens, impressionist
- Kit Hesketh-Harvey, writer and performer
- Grub Smith, journalist
- Konnie Huq, Blue Peter presenter
They are coached by Olympic rowing medallists Gillian Lindsay and Greg Searle.