Play to the Whistle



Holly Willoughby


Team captains: Bradley Walsh and Frank Lampard

Regular panellists: Jimmy Bullard (2015) and Romesh Ranganathan

Scorer: Seann Walsh


Hungry Bear Media for ITV, 11 April 2015 to 4 April 2017 (20 episodes in 3 series)


A sports panel show.

Holly, Bradley, and Frank are joined by guests from the worlds of sport, comedy, and ITV entertainment programmes. They are given daft things to do, such as drive a golf ball round the studio before getting it in a hole.

A recurring skit was "Gooooooooooooooooal", players pronounce the word for as long as they can without drawing breath.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dermot O'Leary celebrate.

Seann Walsh (comedian) sat in a tennis umpire's chair, to referee (or commentate on) the games. Jimmy Bullard (footballer) appeared in each show, and Romesh Ranganathan (comedian) was on Frank Lampard's team each week.

Points are awarded, a winner is declared, and everyone continues as though nothing had happened. The show was very slight: something to watch between Britain's Got Talent and Match of the Day. Reviewers suggested that it wasn't as funny as it might have been.

Theme music

Paul Farrer


Made by Dan Baldwin's company Hungry Bear Media. Dan is married to Holly Willoughby.

The show's booking policy was representative of television at the time: only ten of the nineteen non-compilation episodes contained a woman other than Holly.

Three weeks prior to broadcast, sponsorship for this programme (60 seconds of accreditation per 45 minutes) was available for £316,000 (excluding Scotland). Now we know how much Flamingoland paid.

External links

Wikipedia entry

Bother's Bar discussion

British Comedy Guide entry


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