Sports panel show for Sky1. Hosted by James Corden, with regulars including Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp and John Bishop
- ALOTO; A League Of Their Own 2; A League Of Their Own 3; A League Of Their Own 4; A League Of Their Own 5
- Panel Show
- 2010 - 2012 (Sky1)
- 68 (6 series)
- James Corden, Jamie Redknapp, Andrew Flintoff, John Bishop, Georgie Thompson, Jack Whitehall
- Shaun Pye, Fraser Steele, Simon Bullivant, Lee Stuart Evans, Kevin Day, Aiden Spackman, Martin Trenaman, Phil Kerr, Mark Webster, Dan Swimer, Christine Rose
- CPL Productions
A comedy panel show for Sky1 with the focus firmly on sport.
A League Of Their Own takes its cue from sporting obsession and sets two teams of comedians, celebrities and sports stars against each other in a test of their sporting knowledge. From record breaking feats to headline grabbing events, the show is stuffed with the kind of sensational take home facts that sports fans just love to quote.
The show tackles questions like - "which footballers spent the most on their wedding?" and "Can you arrange David James' haircuts in chronological order?"
Across a number of rounds, the teams' sporting knowledge is put to the ultimate test. A League Of Their Own takes its cue from sports fans' obsession with lists and stats and the first round sees the teams arrange three possible answers into their order of preference.
Regular rounds include 'Guest List', in which the teams must come up with the same answers a famous sports star has given in response to a question about their profession; and 'Human Clock', the ultimate test of knowledge and stamina: the team must answer as many questions correctly as is possible in the time that one or more of them can endure a tough physical challenge.
It's red v blue, Redknapp v Flintoff, and no one wants to be on the losing side. Who'll have the last laugh and claim victory, proving they're truly in a league of their own?
In Series 5, Jack Whitehall joined the blue team as a regular panellist. Georgie Thompson was reunited with the gang for one show inbetween her Formula 1 hosting duties, whilst returning as a special guest on four shows in the series was the ever popular John Bishop.
Our Review: We'll be the first to admit that we're not particularly sports fans, and for that reason some of the humour in A League Of Their Own misses the spot with us.
Corden makes for a likeable and up-beat host, but still needs to work on his delivery of some of the auto-cue gags. The biggest problem though lies in the regulars the producers have picked - of the four, only John Bishop is a comedian, which at times leaves a bit of a humour vacuum in the studio, and a heavy weight placed on the stand-up's shoulders.
Overall, A League Of Their Own passes half-an-hour of spare time fairly easily. We've found the longer episodes (Series 2 onwards) to be really pushing the time boundary on occasion, but between Corden, Bishop, and guests such as Lee Mack and Jimmy Carr, there are often some good laughs - but we wouldn't go out of our way to watch every single episode.
A new series, in a new bigger set, is now in the works.