The Tour, the Telly and Me: 12 Years on the Tour de France
by Ned Boulting
Friday 13th June ~ Memorial Hall 7.00 pm
Abstract: Ned Boulting has spent over a decade following the Tour de France for ITV. Here he offers a glimpse behind the scenes of a unique TV Production. From this extraordinarily privileged perspective, he has developed an enduring passion for the greatest race on earth, in all its chaotic splendour; from the villains to the heroes, with all shades of comedy (and tragedy) in between.
Ned will be available to sign copies of his books from 6.00 pm onwards and again after the lecture.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Light refreshments provided.
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Ned Boulting has covered every Tour De France since 2003 for ITV. More recently he has presented ITV’s coverage of the Tour of Britain, Tour Series and Revolution.
Ned studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before joining Sky Sports in 1997 where he worked alongside Jeff Stelling on Soccer Saturday.
In 2001, he joined ITV, initially as part of the presenter line up on the ill-fated ITV Digital platform. Since 2003 he has been a regular contributor across ITV’s sports portfolio including 2 Rugby World Cups, the 2006 and 2010 Football World Cup, Euro 2008 and numerous Champions League, UEFA Cup and FA Cup Finals.
In 2006 he was named Sports Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society. In his off screen capacity as a producer, Ned has also directed “Dutch Master – A Tribute to Dennis Bergkamp” (Sky Sports 1998) and the award winning “Steven Gerrard – A Year in my Life” (Sky One 2006)
He lives in Lewisham with Kathryn and their daughters Suzy and Edith.
Eight weeks before the 2014 Tour starts in Yorkshire, Ned will be taking part in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia 2014 http://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/ and will tackle the 81 mile closed road cycling event alongside over 5,250 other participants.
The event, which starts and finishes in the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochery on 11 May, will give him a great chance to experience pelotons, descents and hill climbing on the infamous ‘Shehallion’. Plus the opportunity to speak to the enthusiastic spectators and participants, who range from novice to club athletes, will no doubt help him to understand his intended audience better.
The Yorkshire start of the Tour de France in July will be the fourth time the race has visited the UK and first since 2007, when a Westminster prologue was followed by a stage in Kent. Previous visits were in 1974 and 1994
Books by Ned Boulting
How I Won the Yellow Jumper
A funny and frank account of falling in love with the Tour de France by television’s quintessential roving reporter, Ned Boulting. Follow Ned Boulting’s (occasionally excruciating) experiences covering the world’s most famous two-wheeled race. His story offers an insider’s view of life behind the scenes of the Tour, as well as detailing the complexities and absurdities of reporting on the race and confronting the most celebrated riders – Cavendish, Wiggins, Armstrong et al – seconds after they cross the line. Eight Tours on from Ned’s humbling debut, he has grown to respect, mock, adore and crave the race in equal measure. What’s more, he has even started to understand it.