Clare Balding

Gareth Southgate in conversation with Clare Balding

Gareth Southgate (Credit: Richard Kendal)

In recent years, few, if any, leaders in the UK have made such an impact as Gareth Southgate, the first manager of the England men’s football team to reach the final of an international competition since 1966. 

Introducing him at Cambridge, Clare Balding described Southgate as one of the great leaders, not just in sports but in any field, including business, politics and science: “He leads with dignity, empathy and with patience – qualities that aren’t often associated with men’s football.” The strength of applause that greeted his appearance on the Convention stage said it all. 

The Last Leg's Adam Hills fronts Channel 4 Paralympic coverage

Channel 4, Paralympic Games, sports,

2016 is Channel 4’s Year of Disability, marking its commitment to increasing on and off-screen representation of disabled people across the schedule.

Almost two-thirds of all on-screen talent during the Paralympics coverage are disabled.

The channel’s runaway hit from the 2012 Paralympic Games, The Last Leg, will be placed at the heart of the coverage, and will come live from Rio every evening at 8pm.

UK's Eurovision history

Sandie Shaw (1967)

Sandie Shaw was already a huge star before entering the competition under the UK flag in 1967. The 'barefoot pop princess' was a hit in Europe, having recorded songs in French, German, Spanish, and Italian

Her song 'Puppet on a String' was not Shaw's first choice - in fact, she wasn't keen to appear in the contest at all. Coerced by her management, Shaw performed and went on to not only win Eurovision but become the first woman to reach no.1 in the UK chart three times.