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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2006, 02:39 Thread Starter
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This show just aired on Irish TV, RTE two.
First episode was Athens, Olympiakos v PAnathinaikOs on April 20.
Excellent show. A little more coverage on Oly than PAO...
Greek Torrents has it for download.
More to follow.

From RTE website:
RTÉ are delighted to announce a new Sports Travel series from the star of "Father Ted" and "My Hero". BAFTA and British Comedy Award winner winning comedy actor Ardal O'Hanlon will present his first-ever TV series for RTÉ. "Leagues Apart with Ardal O'Hanlon" will begin on Thursday April 20th on RTÉ Two at 10.30pm.

"Leagues Apart with Ardal O'Hanlon" is a sporting travelogue with a quirky and humorous edge as Ardal travels around Europe visiting passionate soccer derbies in great historical cities featuring some of the top teams and players in the world. The series will feature high profile games such as Barcelona v Real Madrid, as well as visits to Rome, Istanbul, Krakow, Rotterdam and Athens. At the core of the series is how the game of soccer can divide citizens not just for 90 minutes but down through decades and generations.

The full line up is -
Ep1 - Athens (Olympiakos v Panathinaikos) - APRIL 20th
Ep2 - Rotterdam (Feyenoord v Ajax) - APRIL 27th
Ep 3 - Rome (Lazio v Roma) - MAY 4th
Ep 4 - Krakow (Cracovia v Wisla Krakow) - MAY 11th
Ep 5 - Barcelona (Barca v Real Madrid) - MAY 17th
Ep 6 - Istanbul - (Fehnerbahce v Galatasaray) - MAY 24th

"Leagues Apart with Ardal O'Hanlon" is not just about travel and sport. For instance we hear how Mussolini set up Serie A? What Irishman managed Barcelona? Why did most of the Greek soccer teams form in the 1920's? Which great European soccer city had to be re-built after the Germans bombed in WW2?

Ardal mingles and chats with fans, players, managers, journalists, broadcasters, ultras, ex-players, historians, writers, comedians, pundits... anyone, in fact, who can help him to define and explain the importance of football loyalties in the everyday lives of people. These snapshots of city and regional rivalry will coincide with the build-up and aftermath of the relevant 'derby', with exclusive footage around these explosive sporting occasions.

Leagues Apart with Ardal O'Hanlon kicks off on RTE from April 20th at 10.30pm.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2006, 16:23
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They could have focused a bit more on football and the derby itself IMO.

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