|A League of Their Own|
|Presented by||James Corden (2010-2019)|
Romesh Ranganathan (2020-present)
Jamie Redknapp (2010-present)
Micah Richards (2022-present)
Jill Scott[disambiguation needed] (2023-present)
Georgie Thompson (2010-2011)
John Bishop (2010-2012)
Andrew Flintoff (2010-2021)
Jack Whitehall (2012-2017)
|Theme music composer||Will Slater|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||16|
|No. of episodes||202 (As of 2 September 2021[update]) (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Pinewood Studios (2010)|
BBC Elstree Centre (2011–15)
Elstree Studios (2016–)
|Running time||60 mins (episode 1, series 3–, Specials)|
30 mins (series 1–2)
|Production company||CPL Productions|
|Original network||Sky One (2010–2021)|
Sky Max (2021–)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
|Original release||11 March 2010 –|
A League of Their Own is a British sports-based comedy panel game that was first broadcast on Sky One (now Sky Max) on 11 March 2010. The show is currently hosted by Romesh Ranganathan and features Jamie Redknapp and Jill Scott as a team captains and Micah Richards as a regular panellist.
The show is a standard panel quiz show where two teams of three, the Red and Blue teams compete for points awarded in three rounds, to find the overall winning team by points total.
The show was hosted for the first 13 series by James Corden. The Red Team is captained by former Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Redknapp, who was formerly joined by once regular panellist and stand-up comedian John Bishop. In series 5, Bishop was absent for several episodes due to his Sport Relief challenge, eventually leaving the show as a regular. Redknapp was joined on the red team by comedian Romesh Ranganathan for series 13 and 14. The Blue Team was captained by retired Lancashire and England cricketer Freddie Flintoff for the first 16 series. Flintoff was replaced by a series of guest captains starting from series 17. For the first four series Flintoff was joined by then Sky Sports F1 presenter Georgie Thompson. From series 5, comedian Jack Whitehall replaced Thompson as regular panellist on the blue team due to her F1 commitments. Whitehall himself left the show after series 12. Micah Richards became the blue team's regular panellist from series 17 and former England midfielder Jill Scott will join the show as the new blue team captain from the fortcoming series 18. Each episode the teams are supplemented by special guests.
Neither Corden, Redknapp nor Thompson had been regular features on a television panel show before. Corden was non-committal about whether the show marked a new direction for him as a television host, stating "I spend most of my time sitting in a room with my mates talking about sport anyway. To get paid to do such a thing will be great. I hope it will be a fun show and people will enjoy watching it." Redknapp said "I'm loving it, but it is nerve-wracking" and "the key is to try to have a bit of fun, but to remember that we're not comedians and can't compete with the professionals" referring to Bishop and Corden. Thompson said of the show that it was "the fun factor that I've been looking for" and represented an "exciting opportunity" in her career.
Due to Corden's commitments to his U.S. talk show The Late Late Show, the 14th series was presented, in part, by guest hosts. Corden's absence was extended into the 15th series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This series was hosted mainly by Ranganathan with Flintoff and Redknapp hosting one episode apiece. Ranganathan was confirmed as the show's new permanent host starting from series 16.
The show was created by Paul Brassey, a development producer at CPL Productions. The show was recorded in Pinewood Studios (BBC Elstree Centre from series 3, and Elstree Film Studios from series 12), being filmed on Mondays and Tuesdays in front of a live studio audience. The show was commissioned by Duncan Gray, with Gray, Danielle Lux and Murray Boland acting as Executive Producers. It was announced on 20 October 2009 that the pilot for the show would be hosted by Corden alongside team captains Redknapp and England cricketer Stuart Broad, although Broad was replaced in the line up by Flintoff by the time of the series 1 start. Executive producer Danielle Lux said it would be "an Olympic standard comedy show for anyone who loves their sport and a fun-filled half-hour for those who don't." The pilot was recorded on 24 October, and was due to be aired later in 2009. Sky One's promotion for the show included a TV advert featuring Corden mis-kicking a football, spoofing contemporary serious sportswear advertising campaigns, accompanied by the tagline "the new panel show that doesn't take sport too seriously".
Keith Watson of the Metro welcomed the show as a challenger to "Britain's No.1 TV sports spot-the-scripted-bits banter show", referring to the BBC's show A Question of Sport, hosted by Sue Barker. Watson, writing after the first episode, said "Team skippers Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp are just there as window-dressing/butts of jokes, for this is Corden's show and he takes to it like a puck to the ice rink. [Sue] Barker beware." Sharon Lougher and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh also of the Metro went further, announcing the show as "basically, A Question of Sport for idiots ... the televisual equivalent of Nuts magazine".
Writing after the first episode, Harry Venning of The Stage panned the show, summarising it as "Imagine A Question of Sport without the sports questions, combined with They Think It's All Over without the comedy". Criticising the length of the opening hour-long special, Venning said it contained some fine gags but not enough of them, and the format was "dull, unimaginative and painfully protracted", albeit praising Flintoff for being "surprisingly witty and charming".
The British Comedy Guide said of the first episode that "the sportsman-dominated panel showed: very few laughs, and little charm" and were not convinced of the format, although conceding that not being sports fans they might not be the target audience.
The following have made more than one appearance on the show as a guest (up to and including series 17, episode 8):
Main article: List of A League of Their Own episodes
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes||Presenter||Team captains||Regular panellist(s)|
|1||11 March 2010||13 May 2010||10||James Corden||Jamie Redknapp||Freddie Flintoff||John Bishop & Georgie Thompson|
|2||7 October 2010||11 November 2010||10|
|3||4 March 2011||29 April 2011||8|
|4||7 October 2011||18 November 2011||7|
|5||20 April 2012||8 June 2012||8||John Bishop & Jack Whitehall|
|6||26 October 2012||14 December 2012||8||Jack Whitehall|
|7||23 August 2013||11 October 2013||8|
|8||29 August 2014||17 October 2014||8|
|9||15 May 2015||3 July 2015||8|
|10||7 January 2016||25 February 2016||8|
|11||22 September 2016||10 November 2016||8|
|12||14 September 2017||26 October 2017||7|
|13||30 August 2018||18 October 2018||8||Romesh Ranganathan|
|14||15 August 2019||3 October 2019||8||James Corden & Guest presenters|
|15||13 August 2020||1 October 2020||8||Romesh Ranganathan||N/A|
|16||19 August 2021||7 October 2021||8|
|17||18 August 2022||6 October 2022||8||Guest team captains||Micah Richards|
|20 May 2010||The Best of Series 1|
|27 May 2010||The Unseen Bits from Series 1|
|12 November 2010||The Best of Series 2|
|19 December 2010||The Unseen Bits from Series 2|
|23 December 2010||Christmas Special|
|6 May 2011||The Unseen Bits from Series 3 (Part 1)|
|13 May 2011||The Best of Series 3 (Part 1)|
|20 May 2011||The Best of Series 3 (Part 2)|
|27 May 2011||The Unseen Bits from Series 3 (Part 2)|
|16 December 2011||End of Year Special|
|6 January 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 4|
|13 January 2012||The Best of Series 4|
|15 June 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 5 (Part 1)|
|22 June 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 5 (Part 2)|
|29 June 2012||The Best of Series 5|
|21 December 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 6 (Part 1)|
|28 December 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 6 (Part 2)|
|18 October 2013||The Unseen Bits from Series 7 (Part 1)|
|25 October 2013||The Unseen Bits from Series 7 (Part 2)|
|1 November 2013||The Best of the Rally Car Special|
|8 November 2013||The Best of Series 7|
|17 October 2014||The Unseen Bits from Series 8 (Part 1)|
|24 October 2014||The Unseen Bits from Series 8 (Part 2)|
|31 October 2014||The Unseen Bits from Series 8 (Part 3)|
|31 October 2014||The Unseen Bits from Series 8 (Part 4)|
|24 December 2014||Christmas Special|
|10 July 2015||The Best of Series 9 (Part 1)|
|17 July 2015||The Best of Series 9 (Part 2)|
|24 July 2015||The Unseen Bits from Series 9 (Part 1)|
|31 July 2015||The Unseen Bits from Series 9 (Part 2)|
|3 March 2016||The Best of Series 10 (Part 1)|
|10 March 2016||The Best of Series 10 (Part 2)|
|17 November 2016||The Unseen Bits from Series 11|
|24 November 2016||The Best of Series 11|
|24 December 2016||Christmas Special|
|10 August 2017||A Premier League of Their Own|
|5 December 2017||The Unseen Bits from Series 12|
|12 December 2017||The Best of Series 12|
|21 December 2017||Christmas Special|
|25 October 2018||The Unseen Bits from Series 13|
|1 November 2018||The Best of Series 13|
|20 December 2018||Christmas Special|
|10 October 2019||The Unseen Bits from Series 14|
|17 October 2019||The Best Bits from Series 14|
|19 December 2019||Christmas Special|
|15 October 2020||The Unseen Bits from Series 15|
|22 October 2020||The Best Bits from Series 15|
|17 December 2020||Christmas Special|
|14 October 2021||The Unseen Bits from Series 16|
|21 October 2021||The Best Bits from Series 16|
|13 December 2021||Christmas Special|
|13 October 2022||The Unseen Bits from Series 17|
|20 October 2022||The Best Bits from Series 17|
|12 December 2022||Christmas Special|
|12 July 2023||The Lionesses Special|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes||Area|
|1||10 May 2016||24 May 2016||3||USA|
|2||5 June 2017||26 June 2017||4||USA|
|3||10 January 2019||31 January 2019||4||Europe|
|4||9 January 2020||30 January 2020||4||Europe|
|5||8 April 2021||29 April 2021||4||UK[g]|
|6||7 April 2022||28 April 2022||4||UK & Ireland[h]|
|7||17 February 2023||10 March 2023||4||Southeast Asia|
|31 May 2016||The Unseen Bits from US Road Trip|
|3 July 2017||The Unseen Bits from US Road Trip 2.0 (Part 1)|
|10 July 2017||The Unseen Bits from US Road Trip 2.0 (Part 2)|
|17 July 2017||The Best of US Road Trip 2.0|
|7 February 2019||The Unseen Bits from European Road Trip|
|14 February 2019||The Best of European Road Trip|
|6 February 2020||The Unseen Bits from European Road Trip|
|13 February 2020||The Best of European Road Trip|
|6 May 2021||The Unseen Bits from Loch Ness to London|
|13 May 2021||The Best of Loch Ness to London|
|5 May 2022||The Unseen Bits from Dingle to Dover|
|12 May 2022||The Best of Dingle to Dover|
|17 March 2023||The Unseen Bits from Southeast Asia|
|24 March 2023||The Best of Southeast Asia|
An Australian version of A League of Their Own aired on Network Ten on 16 September 2013. It was presented by comedian Tommy Little and the captains were tennis star Pat Cash and swimmer Eamon Sullivan. The series had ten episodes. Nine episodes were broadcast with the tenth episode being viewed online after it was cancelled to immediate effect after posting a disappointing rating in the show's ninth week.
A Danish version of A League of Their Own aired on Kanal 5 on 7 September 2015. The Danish title is "5. Halvleg", in English: "5th half". The show is presented by comedian Carsten Bang and the captains are former professional cyclist Jesper Skibby and comedian Jesper Juhl. In the first series, there was 10 episodes, and the last aired on 5 November 2015.
The first series was very successful, with good ratings, and Kanal 5 decided to renew the show for a second series, with the premiere on 18 February 2016. The series contained 8 episodes, with the same host and captains as in series 1. The last episode of series 2 aired on 14 April 2016.
Series 2 was another successful series for Kanal 5, and they decided to renew the show for a third series, with the same host and captains as in the first two series. The first episode of series 3 aired on 4 September 2016.
Series 4 on 5 went on with the same host and captains. The first episode of series 4 aired on 12 February 2017 and the last episode aired on 22 June 2017. The first episode of series 5 aired on 2 November 2017.
Host Carsten Bang was nominated for Best Host at Zulu Awards 2016.
A German version of A League of Their Own called Eine Liga für sich - Buschis Sechserkette, in English: A League of its Own - Buschi's Chain of Six aired on German TV channel Sky 1 on 13 March 2017. It is presented by sports commentator and former basketball player Frank Buschmann. Comedian Matze Knop and television host and former professional handball player Panagiota Petridou serve as captains.
An American version of A League of Their Own called Game On! aired on CBS on 27 May 2020 until 22 July 2020. The show was hosted by Keegan-Michael Key with tennis champion Venus Williams and three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski as team captains. James Corden (who hosts The Late Late Show for the network and was the presenter of the original British version) served as executive producer of the show. At the time, this version was going to be aired on 20 May before the change to 27 May.