Celebrities choose the TV moments that have shaped their lives. Sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine joins Brian Conley to talk about the TV that helped to shape her.
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TV - the magic box of delights.
As kids, it showed us a million different worlds,
all from our living room.
That was state-of-the-art.
I loved this.
'Each day, I'm going to journey
'through the wonderful world of telly...'
'..with one of our favourite celebrities...'
We're going into space.
It's just so silly.
'..as they select the iconic TV moments...'
My God, this is the scene!
'..that tell us the stories of their lives.'
I absolutely adored this.
'Some will make you laugh.'
Don't watch the telly, Esther, watch me!
'Some will surprise.'
No way! Where did you find this?!
'Many will inspire.'
It used to transport us to places that we could only dream about.
'And others will move us.'
I am emotional now.
Today, we look even more deeply.
Why wouldn't you want to watch this?
So come and watch with us as we rewind to the classic telly
that helped shape those wide-eyed youngsters
into the much-loved stars they are today.
Welcome to The TV That Made Me.
My guest today
is a multi-award-winning sports presenter.
It's the lovely Hazel Irvine. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Listen to that cheer. They like you.
-How lovely to see you.
Hazel Irvine guided us through the London Olympics opening ceremony,
an event watched by over 27 million people.
She was the youngest-ever presenter of Grandstand,
and the first female anchor at a men's golf major.
The TV that made Hazel includes...
a historic moment from a golfing great,
a show that inspired her love of travel and languages...
..and a Doctor who scared the young Hazel so much
she hid behind the settee.
We mustn't let them touch us, must we? No.
How do we get out of here?
Before we go any further...
AS A COMMENTATOR: Yes, I'm here with Hazel
and it's a wonderful honour for me to be chatting to you,
sports broadcaster extraordinaire.
How does it feel to be on the show with me, Brian Conley?
It's fantastic, Brian.
Look at that. Goodness, yes.
That's much better.
I've always thought with these lip microphones,
it was not a great aid for television, was it?
-You couldn't see half the face. But there you go.
These are still the things that broadcast commentators use.
When they commentate on the football?
Lip microphones, they're called. Yeah, yeah.
-Major events, we still use them, yeah.
-Amazing, isn't it?
Oh, yeah, settle back.
-Yes, I will.
Are you looking forward to it, a trip down memory lane?
I'm looking forward to it because some of the...
Some of the programmes I'm looking forward to seeing again
because I won't have seen them since I was a kid
and it's incredible how powerful these things were
when you were a child and how much they've kind of influenced you
as you grow up and I don't think you realise it
until you start to look back a bit
and you see what you were like then and what you're like now.
It's quite frightening, actually.
Did you watch much telly as a child?
Er... Was you allowed to?
We were allowed to watch some television, yeah, um...
but we had... We had a little, tiny, portable television set.
-What, in the lounge?
-In the lounge. It was no bigger than, I think,
maybe about 15 inches by 15 inches, really.
And there are these massive things now that take up whole walls.
Oh, yeah. It takes up a whole lounge.
65 inch - there it is.
Yeah, so that was what we used to watch.
Well, today, we're going to watch a selection of classic TV shows
but, before we do, let's have a little look at a young Hazel.
Hazel was born in St Andrews but grew up in Cardross,
just west of Glasgow, with her mum, Nora, a ceramic artist,
and her dad, Bill, a lecturer.
She attended St Andrews University,
and graduated with an art history degree.
Her broadcasting career kicked off in the mid-'80s
at a local Glasgow radio station,
before she joined ITV to cover the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
She started at the BBC a few years later,
and eventually took over David Vine's Ski Sunday duties,
establishing herself as one of BBC Sport's main presenters.
She's brought us golf, snooker, athletics
and both Winter and Summer Olympics.
And most recently, she returned to her homeland
for Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Does it take you back to... Just a different time, obviously?
Yeah. It's the hair, isn't it? You always...
It's the hair that always you think, "Oh, no, what was I doing?"
But I'm a sort of child of the '80s in terms of my fashion sense,
with the big shoulders and the feathery haircut
and all that sort of stuff,
and Dallas and Dynasty, power shoulder pads.
Was you a big fan of Dallas and Dynasty?
-Particularly at university.
We used to have these daft Dallas parties,
where you had to choose a character on a Friday night,
every time that they came on...
This was student days, ladies and gentlemen.
It was a different time. You would have a little sip
of whatever you were sipping at the time.
Oh, it was a drinking game?
Well, it was in effect a drinking game, yes.
So if you were Sue Ellen, you were stuffed.
I want to start with your earliest TV memory now, Hazel.
This is a huge sporting event that shaped your whole life -
the 1972 Olympics.
-There he is.
-The man himself.
This is, of course, Mark Spitz.
Mark Spitz - the moustachioed wonder kid.
Look at him.
Look at the Stars and Stripes trunks.
Just this fantastic tall, lean, fit guy.
He even had a concave stomach.
And I was seven and he was probably the man that shaped...
..where I am today in terms of my love of sport.
Mark Spitz became an Olympic legend at the Munich Games,
winning a then world-record seven gold medals.
This is the butterfly.
-Now, this is an absolute killer race.
He was a master at this particular stroke, but he was so elegant.
-Leaps and bounds.
Not only did Spitz win seven golds,
he also set a new world record time in each event.
I remember being absolutely enchanted
with the actual achievement of seven gold medals. Seven!
Never been done. And it just captured my imagination.
I remember going off to some of my little clubs and things -
the Brownies and things after school -
and everybody talking about Mark Spitz and the Olympics.
I had a sticker book,
and it had all the little logos of all the different sports
and I was fascinated by everything,
from swimming to Greco-Roman wrestling,
and that was it for me.
I wanted to be an athlete.
I wanted something to do with the Olympics.
It absolutely captivated me.
I'm going to surprise you.
You're talking about a sticker book.
Oh, God! This is it!
-How did you get hold of this?
-There you go. Have a little look.
-Yes, this is... It is!
-It's the same one!
It is the same one and it had...
we've got the stickers to go in there.
-I can't believe you've sourced that!
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
That is extraordinary. Thank you very, very much.
-My love of the history of the Olympic Games
was born in this book and with this man.
Whilst athletes like Mark Spitz were excelling,
the Games were marred by a terrorist atrocity,
when Black September militants
held members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage.
David Coleman was anchoring the Olympic coverage at the time
and showed true broadcasting mettle
throughout a most horrendous situation.
An eyewitness says, in the village,
that all the hostages had their hands tied.
They flew in the first two helicopters
to this military airfield at Furstenfeld,
which is about 20 miles west of Munich,
and then it appears that the shooting started.
There are no more details at this moment.
The ordeal ended with the death of all nine hostages,
along with five terrorists and one German policeman.
at a very pressured moment,
a tour de force in terms of broadcasting from him.
But I came through something, happily not as dreadful as that,
but it was still pretty frightening,
and that was in the Atlanta Olympics.
There was a bomb in Centennial Park,
and I was on the air with Steve Rider
when all of it happened.
And we were effectively the rolling news channel of the time,
because News 24 and... CNN was up and running,
but it wasn't something that we accessed all the time,
so we had a real taste of that slightly chaotic,
living on the edge of your seat,
relying on your wit and journalistic instinct,
so I had a little taster of it.
Which is why something that David produced at that time -
which must have been a terribly stressful situation
to have had to have been the anchor for - was so magnificent.
Relying on his wits, very clearly,
and he's trying to formulate with no script...
There's no Autocue, there's no nothing like that.
-That's all wits.
-That's all just talent.
And it's still looked upon today
as a real tour de force in broadcasting.
And when it comes to talented sports broadcasters,
we've produced plenty over the years.
Back in the '40s, Rex Alston blessed us
with his brilliant commentary on rugby, cricket and tennis.
In the '60s, we saw one of Hazel's idols, Dickie Davies,
take the reins on World Of Sport, where, every Saturday,
he held together an afternoon of live sports programming.
And around the same time, clutching his trusty microphone,
was the legendary Kenneth Wolstenholme.
Who could forget his iconic commentary
on England's World Cup victory in 1966,
when he proclaimed, "They think it's all over...
"It is now."
In the '70s, Des Lynam brought
his slick, laid-back approach to our screens,
along with a very fetching moustache.
He fronted Grandstand, Match Of The Day and Wimbledon,
amongst many others,
cementing his place in history as a true broadcasting heavyweight.
Another presenter, whose breadth of knowledge
and relaxed presenting style has fixed her as a favourite,
is Clare Balding,
who covers everything from horse racing to Wimbledon.
So moving on to your home life now, Hazel.
Tell me about your living room.
-What was it like...
-..when you were growing up?
When I was growing up? In the '70s,
didn't we all have low-slung sofas that kind of did your back in?
You didn't so much sit on them as slouch on them.
Yeah. I can't imagine you slouching!
Yeah, I know, I know. I was a bit of a sloucher.
Hazel doesn't slouch.
I can imagine you just running while you're watching the TV.
-Or playing a game of golf.
-No, it was a very small television.
Oh, of course. I'd forgotten. Yeah.
But it was a very happy house.
I had a very, very happy childhood.
I was very lucky. I still am very lucky to have a mum and dad,
who've been so interested in my brother and myself,
and, when you think back on all those times,
what they are responsible for...
Huge swathes of everything that I'm interested in, due to my folks.
But my father was the one, for me,
that informed my love of the outdoors,
my love of sport, my love of adventure, my love of language,
my love of geography,
because his influence upon us informed all of those things.
One of the absolute must-see television moments
of any week was Holiday.
So Holiday was on and it was the time of Anne Gregg,
the lovely Anne Gregg.
Here, Cliff Michelmore anchors the show
and Anne Gregg is on location in Sicily.
..for our next report on the island of Sicily.
Look at the graphics! I love the way the...
the graphics come in.
Now, there's an awful lot of history crammed into that island,
and Anne Gregg set off to discover some of it on a coach tour.
Around 12 million Brits tuned into Holiday every week.
2,500 years ago,
the Greeks sailed across the Ionian Sea
towards the craggy east coast of Sicily.
They liked what they saw, dropped anchor
and established a settlement called Naxos.
I remember my dad saying, "We're going to go there."
Giardini-Naxos. We stayed there.
Isn't that amazing?
There are so many interesting historical sites in Sicily.
Agrigento is important because it was here
that Greek civilisation had its heyday in Sicily.
The town that was here then was called...
The lovely Anne Gregg. This beautiful, elegant lady.
And this was at the time when Spain was the package holiday place,
and we'd been a couple of times,
but he wanted to break out and do something different.
When you look back on my early years,
you will see that we didn't just go places.
We didn't go and see something.
We had to get to the top of it. We had to conquer everything!
So when we went, from the earliest times,
away in our little caravan into the Scottish Highlands,
from the earliest years,
there's my brother and my dad and myself -
and my mum taking the pictures - somewhere up the top of a hill.
And I remember, we went to Sicily and we went...
made a beeline for Mount Etna.
-Yes. Which was interesting.
This was not with your caravan on the back?
No, no caravan. We actually flew.
-Happily, we didn't.
-But he wanted to go and do this
and my long-suffering mum,
who was kind of inured to adventure by this point...
"OK, I'll come."
We went there and Etna was actually erupting.
A side vent was erupting.
It was kind of spewing out a little bit of lava,
but they were still running tours to this lava flow.
It was extraordinary, when you think about it.
And about... Possibly about a foot and a half
under the ground that we were standing on, ie the lava flow,
was glowing hot and you were allowed on.
With a guide, you were allowed to go.
I was absolutely petrified, but totally fascinated by this.
And there's pictures of us actually up there in this ramshackle old bus,
along with other people,
walking on this lava flow, and you can see there's...
You can see there's smoke and steam coming out,
not too far in front of us, and this was totally inspiring to me.
I loved that whole thrill of adventure and I've travelled...
I've had a real thirst for travel around the world
and trying to communicate with people
even when I can't speak their language,
so thank you very much, Holiday,
cos I'm sure it played a very significant part in all of that.
Travel shows have certainly opened up plenty of possibilities for us
over the years.
Whicker's World started as a segment on the Tonight Show in 1958
and, for over five decades, Alan took us
to some of the most far-flung and exotic places imaginable.
Another legend of the travel show genre was Judith Chalmers,
who presented "Wish You Were Here...?" from 1973 to 2003.
Holiday had moved on a bit from the Anne Gregg era
by the time Craig Doyle took over the reins in 1999.
Currently guiding us around the globe
is award-winning travel writer and presenter Carmen Roberts,
who fronts the BBC World Service's
The Travel Show.
Itchy feet, anyone?
Now for your next choice, Hazel.
Let see what your must-see TV was back in the day.
What have I chosen here?
We Are The Champions ran as a series from 1973 to 1987,
and was originally hosted
by former Welsh national athletics coach Ron Pickering.
The show visited schools around the country,
pitting pupils against each other in various sporting contests.
And this was effectively school sports given the Olympic treatment.
I mean, how good... It just doesn't get any better than that!
They brought all these wonderful Olympians and sports stars...
Do you think the titles promised more than the show did?
When I see it again, they promise a lot.
We Are The Champions,
a series of contests between two schools on a knockout basis.
Don't have to be great athletes -
everybody scores, everybody has a lot of fun.
When you're seven or eight
and the Olympics are coming to your school,
oh, I longed for it to come to my primary school.
-I wanted to be a part of this.
Everybody starts and finishes.
Must finish with a hat on.
What I loved about it...
Hugely professional, Ron Pickering.
He wasn't just a great broadcaster - he was an Olympic coach, as well.
He was an athletics coach, so he knew exactly what he was doing.
He treated it as a proper event.
-It was great fun.
Hopping along a bench?
Oh, that's death-defying!
When you see it now, it's just...
It's just so daft, isn't it?
But, oh, I loved all that stuff.
You weren't the only one, Hazel.
With the series running until 1987,
then annual specials right up until 1995,
We Are The Champions was a massive success.
200 points to 100.
It's Chalkstone by a nose.
It was just innocent, good-fun telly.
What would Hazel like to have won?
Ooh, the 100 hurdles.
-Yes. I was a sprint hurdler.
That was my thing, yeah.
But I did huge amounts of sport. It was just something that we did.
There was always something after school I was doing.
It was gymnastics, it was athletics, it was swimming, it was everything.
-Golf. I mean, golf, my absolute passion.
But that was outside school.
-To this day, yeah.
-You love it?
-Love the golf, yeah.
-And I got involved in golf since...
I think I was about eight or nine,
I was first taken down to our local golf course, Cardross Golf Club.
Mum and Dad always knew where you were.
You had enough money to go and buy something at lunchtime,
a little drink, get back again.
Two rounds a day - absolutely brilliant.
And I don't know about you, but when you look back on your childhood,
-I don't remember the rain much.
-I just remember it being sunny.
The summers were much longer, weren't they?
Yeah, they were. In your memory, they are.
I remember playing... I was about the only girl.
There was maybe two or three female junior members at the club
and we used to play against the boys all the time.
That's probably shaped a lot of my attitudes, really.
But I couldn't get enough of it. Yeah, loved it.
Now, Hazel, we're going to move on to your comedy hero.
One of my favourites, as well.
Is it? A legend. Yeah. Here he is.
An Englishman's home is his castle
but due to the population explosion,
even castles are getting overcrowded these days.
The Dick Emery Show ran from 1963 to 1981.
In this episode, Gordon Clyde is interviewing locals
on the housing shortage.
Cue Emery's hilarious comedy portrayal
of larger-than-life characters.
-Excuse me, sir.
Oh, hello, honky-tonk. How are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-Nice to see you.
-I'm asking people about housing.
Is that how people dress in Scotland?
Only on a special occasion, Brian, obviously.
Tell me, do you have a house of your own?
Well, not really. I share one with five other fellas.
-We call it Henry VIII Cottage.
Really? Why's that?
Cos there's six old queens living there.
There were some fantastic writers who were part of this, weren't they?
I mean, wasn't Mel Brooks part of it?
-That's right, yeah.
-There were so many characters that he came up with.
A man of many faces and characters, wasn't he?
It was Mandy. "You are awful but I like you."
-"Oh, you are awful but I like you."
-That was the one that everybody did.
Everybody did it at school, didn't they?
-Here we go.
-Here she is.
Emery had a clutch of characters,
from the vicar to the bovver boy
and, of course, the busty blonde bombshell, Mandy.
Oh, well, it's no problem to me
because my uncle's just left me two 14-roomed houses
and I'm thinking of selling them.
Well, you are lucky to have a couple of big ones like that.
Well, there must be a lot of people dying to get their hands on them.
Oh, you are awful.
But I like you!
Total nonsense and just daft but, to be fair, Dick Emery...
I think he spawned a whole new generation of sketch shows.
I liked The Goodies, as well,
that sort of anarchic nonsense, as well.
But I also liked Kenny Everett.
I'm a child of the time in that regard.
That's what was in front of us and that's the stuff we enjoyed.
We've talked about the telly that made you laugh,
-but what about the telly that made you scared?
One programme in particular, Hazel.
Yes. Yes, I'm bristling at the thought.
Well, Doctor Who was something we used to watch all the time.
It was usually a Saturday night, about tea-time, I reckon.
But there was one episode and one thing...
And I think it was probably when I was about seven or eight,
and it was called The Green Death.
There were fluorescent green...
What would you call them?
..slugs, that bit you, and when they did,
they inflicted upon you the Green Death -
a long, slow, tortuous death
in which you became green, fluorescent and died.
And we would watch it from behind the sofa, my brother and I,
petrified of it all.
Are you... Are you up for it now?
Are you sure this is wise?
Hazel...The Green Death.
Doctor, here, quickly!
In this episode from 1973, the Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee,
with Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning,
are trying to escape the Green Death.
-Look at that!
Oh, my word!
Look at that. How terrifying is that?
That is menacing, you know?
You wouldn't be able to run away from them, would you(?)
Ooh, look at them wriggling! Oh, they had teeth.
-Look, they did have teeth.
There's no way out.
Nil desperandum, Jo.
Doctor, those things crawling around in that green stuff.
You saw what happened to the others.
We mustn't let them touch us, must we?
Now, how do we get out of here?
Jon Pertwee, eh?
Isn't amazing how things trigger fears and insecurities?
I've never been all that fond of creepy crawlies
and I'm just wondering whether...
-Whether it was Doctor Who that did it.
Moving on to see what you've chosen as your First Tears TV,
and I'm not surprised you have chosen an iconic sporting moment
from a fellow Scot.
Here he is. Yeah.
-Winning the '85 Open.
-This is the 18th.
And you think, "Oh, we've got it nailed.
"He's going to do it."
First British Open champion from the UK since 1969.
A very good effort.
Now, this is just after he'd flubbed his chip.
He flubbed his chip, ended up on his knees,
saying, "I've blown it, I've blown it."
What does "flubbed your chip"...?
He'd attempted to chip out of a little hollow up to the flag
but, unfortunately, it didn't go right,
and came back down the hill towards him
and we thought, "He's blown it here."
So he finished off here. He got down in two.
A five. He has to wait now.
The reason there's TV tears here is because I thought, "He's blown it."
We were crying with the frustration that we thought, "He's not done it."
We'd gone through this whole four days
of wishing and hoping that Sandy would win, and he's blown it.
And, in fact, we had a 40- to 45-minute wait
to know that Sandy was the winner by one shot
from Payne Stewart of America.
-And we thought,
"If we go on a pub crawl for the next 45 minutes,
"it'll be all right."
The winner of the gold medal and the champion golfer for the year,
with a score of 282, Sandy Lyle.
Lyle's victory ended a bleak run for British golf.
His win in 1985 was the first since Tony Jacklin won the Open
at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1969.
So when we finished and when Sandy had picked up the Claret Jug,
first since Jacklin to do it,
it was just such a special moment...
I'd always really loved watching Sandy and he was just a genius.
This guy could play long irons that no-one could play, 2-iron.
It's a club, Brian!
It's quite a difficult one to master.
I do remember that as one of the best feelings I've ever had
watching the telly, and it was Sandy doing that.
And, of course, three years later, he went on to become
the first British golfer to win the Masters at Augusta
and I remember dancing around the living room
when he became the first Briton to do it and wear the green jacket.
All these things,
I suddenly realised at the time
that sport was not just something to be enjoyed -
it was something that was the greatest unscripted drama of all.
We've had our fair share of unscripted sporting drama
and telly tears over the years.
Gazza cried along with England football supporters
at the World Cup in Italy in 1990,
as a yellow card meant he'd miss the final if England made it.
Sir Steve Redgrave had us reaching for our hankies
at the Sydney Olympics in 2000,
when he became a sporting legend by winning five gold medals
at five consecutive Games.
Tennis fans were in tears in 2013,
when Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title
and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion
with a straight-sets victory
over the world number one, Novak Djokovic.
And, believe it or not, it's been over 30 years
since Torvill and Dean's perfect score,
when they performed the Bolero
at the 1984 Winter Olympics
and they had the nation crying tears of joy.
So, golf - are you any good at golf?
I'm not bad. I'm not bad.
Right, well I'd better go and get my putter, then.
-Oh, the putter. OK.
-I've got my putter.
If you'd like to come and join me over here...
My family did this in the front room.
This is a wee blast from the past.
There's our TV That Made Me mug, which I will place about there.
Little crazy golf obstacles all over our floor
and we used to play with a putter around the living room.
-OK, all right.
-Just imagine you're on the 18th.
-OK. This is...
There's no pressure here at all, Brian.
This is to win the TV That Made Me Open.
I'm not sure of the speed of the greens here.
I've not had a practice putt, so I'll give it a go.
Ooh, just kissed the cup.
Kissed the cup! Not bad, right?
Excuse me. My go.
He's going to go closer - I can tell.
Hazel, I'll let you commentate now.
OK. Right, Brian.
Is he going to face the right way?
Well, that's a good start for Brian.
Now, this is a man who had a handicap of, um...
well, 108 until yesterday.
I've got to get it straight.
Which is unusual for a handicap,
given that they don't start there.
If I get this, Hazel, you're going to be so upset because you didn't.
This is for the Claret Jug, Brian.
Yeah! Oh, it bounced out. Give me that.
-Give me that.
-Well done, mate.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
See, I've always been better at commentating
than I have at playing it, that's for sure,
but I still love my golf.
I think you just cracked under pressure there.
I must have done. Yeah, usually do. Competition. But I still play...
I play to a reasonable standard.
-I used to play for the university team.
-At St Andrews.
And I've been very lucky to have, er...
been able to present coverage of all the major events for the BBC,
and I've been doing that since 1990, '92, really,
and I've been lucky to cover the Open
and the Masters for so many years, go to Augusta in the springtime.
It is just the greatest thrill and you sometimes have to pinch yourself
because, you know something?
If I wasn't doing it, I would be watching it.
It's as simple as that.
Hazel, in the words of Monty Python,
-and now for something completely different.
THEME TUNE STARTS HAZEL LAUGHS
Cagney & Lacey.
Oh, yes. There they are!
Brilliant! Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly.
Two feisty ladies.
For 125 episodes throughout the '80s,
these amazing ladies kept us entertained.
I love the titles, by the way. Look at this. They just...
They just got on so well as characters
but also, apparently, in real life as well,
they're very good friends. I loved this bit. She's...
Yeah, I would probably have been looking in at that coat as well.
But I just love the fact that they were ordinary women
doing a kind of extraordinary job.
You have to put it in the context
that all of the detective shows at the time...
We had Starsky & Hutch and we had The Professionals.
It was all real red-blooded, male machismo stuff, wasn't it?
You didn't see any women in there, especially doing that,
running through a train carriage with guns
and all that sort of stuff.
I loved that - the fact they were
just so totally nonplussed by that bloke at the end.
Fantastic. "Just get a life!"
I just loved that.
And this is great.
Their boss is good.
"Get back to work."
I never figured out how come Mad happened to see our car
the day he told us about the drug buy.
Central to the series was the relationship these detectives
had with their boss, Lieutenant Samuels,
and with each other.
Not only was Cagney & Lacey a brilliant cop show,
but it often explored personal and emotional issues, too,
which set it apart from similar shows.
Well, sir, in fairness, the shoulder did feel better.
Go get it.
I loved Sharon Gless because she was so vulnerable, wasn't she?
She played this really tough, hard-nosed woman
but she was so emotionally vulnerable,
and she really wanted what Tyne Daly's character had.
She really yearned for kids and a family,
and this programme tackled a lot of social issues
that we weren't really used to seeing.
You know, women who want it all -
they want motherhood and they want a career.
And it tackled alcoholism and it tackled breast cancer, actually.
So there were so many things it addressed from a female perspective
that had never really been discussed on national television.
And this was MASSIVE in America!
-This got 30 million viewers?!
-I know. It was incredible.
I think when the network tried to take it off,
there were so many people that wrote in and said,
"Don't take it off," they had to bring it back.
Hold it right there!
The chemistry between the two characters was great.
They always displayed a vulnerability,
but a toughness under pressure.
Never, ever backed down.
The show sometimes climaxed with a chase scene,
where we willed our heroines to come out on top.
That's as far as you go, fool!
They won best actress for six years in a row
in a leading role at the Emmys.
It was either one or the other won it.
And this programme won countless, countless awards.
So it was a very influential piece of television.
-And of its time, yeah.
And something that influenced you.
I guess, subliminally.
I didn't make decisions on the basis of watching Cagney & Lacey...
-But it was...
-Didn't go around killing anyone.
And I didn't come the tough guy.
But you have to put yourself back to about 1986,
when I was coming out of university,
cos that was the year that Maradona's hand of God
put out England in the World Cup. Fergie married Prince Andrew.
The M25 was opened.
That was a long, long time ago, but that's where we were in those days.
There weren't really that many female role models on television
and the sort of dual-gender sports broadcasting world
that we are now was not the same then.
I remember being asked numerous questions
when I first went into television.
"What's it like being a woman in a man's world?"
I got this constantly -
"Woman in a man's world, woman in a man's world."
Eventually, I got so sick of even trying to tackle the subject,
for years, I never even talked about it, I just got on and did the job.
But if someone asks me that question now, I'm not.
I'm no longer a woman in a man's world
because I am surrounded by so many other female broadcasters in sport.
So we are in a completely different time,
so Cagney & Lacey, to me, kind of sums up why it was unusual
to see women in such high-profile roles on the telly,
and that's the kind of essence of it.
Now it's time to look at the beginnings of your own TV career.
-Kind of dreading this one.
-Why do you cringe?
-Well, you'll probably see why I...
Oh, no, I'm just about to cringe.
Scotsport was the world's longest-running sports show
and gave Hazel her big TV break.
The cup final is undoubtedly the highlight...
Oh, look at. Look at the shoulder pads!
..a very long and hard season in Scotland.
You look like you've got someone else in jacket with you, don't you?
I was the first woman that had ever worked as a mainstream presenter
of a sports programme, and particularly a football programme.
There was nobody else doing it in Great Britain. And we had a ball,
we had a fantastic time.
For one ex-Celtic player and manager,
his work is only just beginning.
The small town of Lillestrom is situated
some 20km from the Norwegian capital...
Oh, Lillestrom! This is the first foreign report I ever did.
And it's where David Hay is now living and working
as the manager of the town's local football team,
Lillestrom Sporting Club.
'And I talked my way on to that very balcony.
'That's a woman's house. I turned up at the door,
'knocked on the door and said,'
"Would you mind if I did an interview with this man?"
-Cos it overlooks...
-You managed to blag it?
-Yeah, I blagged it.
Some betting news on that FA Cup Final,
punters have waged over £5 million...
Did you hear that?
..will face a £1 million pay-out if Liverpool complete that double.
Happy days and happy times,
and that was the first time that Jim and I had worked together.
And a good learning curve for you?
A huge learning curve, yeah.
Our producer was a guy called Andy Melvin,
who kind of thrashed journalistic discipline into me
and taught me an awful lot of lessons about football
and about the vocabulary
and about the journalistic way of writing your scripts
and doing so quickly and under pressure.
I'm not sure who it was who said it,
but I've kind of lived by it
and that is, "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail."
That's really what I've always done.
I guess it was necessity that made me realise
I had to show people that I wasn't just some wee girl
that was in there to make up the numbers.
When I went out to interview people,
I made sure they knew I had done my homework.
Even if it was in the phrasing of the questions to them,
even if I was partly giving them some of the answer
in the question I was asking them.
It was designed to make them realise that I wanted to be taken seriously
and I wasn't turning up there just to flutter my eyelids
and ask a couple of questions. I had no interest in that.
I was interested in the sport
and I was interested in getting that out of them.
So, it was born of necessity,
it was born of having to be taken seriously.
And, in between all this,
I was asked to audition for ITV's Olympics of 1988.
So I worked alongside the great Dickie Davies.
-Which was an extraordinary thing.
When you think about it, and I'm sure everybody remembers Dickie
and I didn't realise, I was so young,
he was practically holding my hand the whole time.
He was looking out for me,
he knew I had a reasonable amount of knowledge and enthusiasm
and limited broadcasting experience,
and I remember he said to me after about four days into the show
and my confidence was beginning to get a little higher,
he said, "Why don't you take the show off today?"
And I said, "Well, Dickie,
"I've actually never taken a programme off the air."
I'm sitting on network television at 22 years of age.
He said, "Well, look, if you get into trouble, I'll help you out.
"Give it a go, you'll be fine."
And I said OK. So the dreaded count comes.
You always get a count, as you well know,
I'm flummoxing my way through it...
"And that's it from the lunchtime Olympics.
"We'll be back tomorrow with more from the lunchtime Olympics."
And eventually, I get the count and I get off on the zero
and they cut to a high, wide shot of the studio, like we're in just now -
apart from the fact it's your front room(!)
In the wide shot,
you see Dickie Davies clapping me like this
and putting his hands in the air as if to say...
And he said, "You did it, he did it."
When I think back on that, how generous was that?
A senior broadcaster, who had been in the game for an awful long time,
actually taking pleasure in the fact
that I'd learned something under his watch. So, thank you, Dickie.
I've learned a lot from people and I think Steve Rider,
he's possibly the most influential
in terms of what I wanted to be.
He never, ever allowed himself to be more important
than what he was talking about
and, for me, that is the essence of sports broadcasting
because it's not about you, it really isn't about you.
It's about the people that you're watching
and the people that you're describing
and the people that you're really incredibly impressed by.
You're conveying all of these things to the viewer
and asking the questions that they would want you to ask them.
Steve, for me, summed up what it is to be a great sports broadcaster
and if I'm ever halfway as good as Steve, then be doing all right.
Another inspiration for Hazel was the late Helen Rollason,
the first-ever female presenter of Grandstand.
The lovely Helen. Yes, that smile -
look, it's still radiates even today.
Good afternoon, nice to with you.
After a frantic week of football,
we're calming down just a little this afternoon.
Not completely - we've got plenty of soccer action -
but we're concentrating on horse racing and tennis.
My first broadcast for Grandstand was 1992
and Helen, I think, was about 1990 or '91, something like that.
So she had broken the mould in that regard.
She was an incredible lady.
She was passionate about sport
and doing her homework in order to be able to do the job,
-something that I always love to do as well.
And when she became ill, obviously, she became a lioness.
She was an extraordinary fighter
and did more to raise awareness of cancer
and living with cancer and she fought and fought.
And I still work for her charity...
-..and I'm so proud to do so.
It raises a lot of money, it does an awful lot of good, the foundation.
So, proudest moment, then?
Well, I guess it all comes together for me at the London 2012 Olympics,
as it did for so many other people
and probably for everybody here today
and a lot of people watching at home.
It was the absolute culmination of everything that my career
-and indeed my interest in life had been building towards.
I was given the nod to do the commentary alongside Huw Edwards
at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
And it was one of the most terrifying, wonderful experiences
of my whole life, as you'd imagine.
And whilst obviously Huw has the gravitas and the news journalism
and the background for that, I was there to help, er...
bring to life some of the sporting aspects of the ceremony
and to be a part of it too. That night for me, it was... Oh!
I've done, what, 13 Olympics now but that was the 12th one,
and for me to have done masses and masses of research -
there's 205 nations -
Trying to find out about all the nations coming in,
having something to say about their stars, their history,
their interests and, again, it's the geography.
It's all of - my interest in language - it's all coming together.
I remember enjoying it so vividly and the images and the music
and the noises and the smells.
It will stay with me forever.
It was a brilliant, brilliant moment.
So, Hazel, what do you enjoy watching currently, at the moment?
Besides your sport, how do you switch off?
Yeah, I'm a real Scandi-noir girl.
I love Scandic-noir.
All the stuff that's coming out of Denmark and Sweden.
The Bridge - brilliant, it's a Danish/Swedish collaboration.
And The Killing was one of my favourites as well,
and also Borgen from Denmark as well.
Which is a kind of West Wing in Denmark.
Very clever, beautifully acted and so I love all that.
I think it's really great.
-My kind of guilty pleasure, Brian, would be...
-Ah, The Apprentice.
-And the reason is...
Well, yeah, all that.
I think you sign up for that, you know what you're signing up for.
These guys all know what they're in for,
and I know there's a lot of shouting and bawling
and having a go at one another, but is a bit of a guilty pleasure.
I'm forced to watch it on my own
because the rest of my family won't watch it with me.
So it is a sort of secret guilty pleasure.
So have you gone full circle and now you're back in the kitchen,
watching it on a very small little screen?
Yes, that's the one thing
I allow myself on my laptop to sit and watch.
So we give our guests the opportunity now to pick a theme tune
-for us to play out on.
What's it going to be?
-Well, I think there's really only one.
And it's got to be Grandstand, hasn't it?
I love... Look, it's got a gasp from our audience here.
-Well, it's kind of dear departed, really.
But it was a programme that was so influential
in my upbringing because it had all the best bits and Final Score
and you watched it every Saturday, you couldn't miss it.
To have had the opportunity to present it for 15 years or so
was a real honour. I count myself very lucky to have done it.
Well, it's been a real honour having you with us.
Thank you very much, Brian. Thank you so much for having me.
-It's been great.
-Pleasure, thank you.
-My thanks to Hazel.
And my thanks to you for watching The TV That Made Me.
-We'll see you next time, bye-bye.
THEME FROM GRANDSTAND PLAYS
Sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine joins Brian Conley on the sofa to talk about the TV that made her the person she is today.
Proceedings start with a look back at the 1972 Olympics, an event that made headlines both on and off the track, whilst also cementing a young Hazel's love for sport.
Hazel recalls how Anne Gregg helped them to decide where they would spend their holidays and talks about the sporting event that made her cry on TV.
There's even time for a spot of indoor golf as Hazel reveals what it was like to become the youngest ever presenter of iconic sports programme Grandstand.