Rick Edwards. Credit: BBC
Fighting Talk

Fighting Talk

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • 2003 - 2024
  • 781 episodes (21 series)

Long-running panel show on Radio 5 Live focusing on the volatile world of sport. Four guests join the host to chat about the week's stories. Stars Colin Murray, Christian O'Connell, Josh Widdicombe, Georgie Ainslie, Jonathan Pearce and more.

Rick Edwards. Credit: BBC

Key details

Panel Show
2003 - 2024
BBC Radio 5 Live
781 (1 pilot + 21 series), plus 3 highlights specials
Colin Murray, Christian O'Connell, Josh Widdicombe, Georgie Ainslie, Jonathan Pearce, Matt Johnson, Johnny Vaughan and Rick Edwards

Fighting Talk is a sports-based panel game in which guests debate the biggest sporting issues of the week.

Each show features a range of guests from different sports being asked to debate a range of topical issues. Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion but taken away for ridiculous comments and answers lacking in conviction.

The top two scoring panellists go head to head in the final round of 'defend the indefensible' where they must defend an unpalatable comment for twenty seconds, however outrageous or distasteful.

The show was originally hosted by Johnny Vaughan, then Christian O'Connell, and then - for many years - Colin Murray.

For the 2013-2014 series Christian O'Connell was back in the host's seat, with Matt Johnson and Jonathan Pearce also regularly hosting. From August 2014 until August 2016, Josh Widdicombe and Georgie Ainslie (nee Thompson) took turns to host the show.

With Josh Widdicombe and Georgie Ainslie busy on other projects in the autumn of 2016, Colin Murray - who had just quit his TalkSport radio show - returned as host in September 2016, a position he continues to still hold now.


Additional details

Also known as
  • FT (Acronym)
  • Johnny Vaughan's Fighting Talk (Series 1 title)
The theme tune is Sabotage by Beastie Boys, which has evolved over the years.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 11th October 2003 at 11am on BBC Radio 5 Live
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Dock 10 (MediaCityUK) - Main studio
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - 2016 Special
  • Mountford Hall (Liverpool Guild of Students)
  • University of Lincoln
  • BBC Radio Theatre
  • Tyne Theatre & Opera House
  • Hull City Hall
  • Kings Place (London) - 2023 live episode

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