Colin Murray.

Fighting Talk

BBC Radio 5 Live panel show about sport. 743 episodes (pilot + 19 series), 2003 - 2022. Stars Colin Murray, Christian O'Connell, Josh Widdicombe, Georgie Ainslie and others.

Next new episode is on Saturday at 11am. Series 19, Episode 12
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Colin Murray.

Fighting Talk

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

Panel Show
2003 - 2022
BBC Radio 5 Live
743   (1 pilot + 19 series)
Colin Murray, Christian O'Connell, Josh Widdicombe, Georgie Ainslie, Jonathan Pearce, Matt Johnson and Johnny Vaughan

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.

Production Details

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

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 11th October 2003 on BBC Radio 5 Live at 11am
Last new broadcast
Saturday 23rd October 2021 on BBC Radio 5 Live at 11am
Last repeat
Saturday 26th December 2015 at 10:00am

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