Students in a League of Their Own
On Friday 21 September, fourteen graduate year students from The Royal Ballet School travelled to BBC Elstree Studios to take part in one of television’s most popular comedy programmes, SKY TV’s A League of Their Own, hosted by film and TV actor, comedian and presenter, James Corden. Corden is probably best known for co-writing and starring in the hit TV comedy series Gavin and Stacey and more recently for his West End and Broadway performances of the multi-nominated play One Man, Two Guvnors.
A League of Their Own is a comedy panel game where two teams of three - a red team and a blue team - compete for points by answering questions about sport. Each programme features a range of activity involving the contestants, culminating in the finale – an endurance test where team members have to answer questions for as long as another team member can sustain a particular physical challenge. For this episode, the final was classical ballet with some interesting and hilarious results!
In this episode, the red team was Jamie Redknapp, Lee Mack and Billie Piper and the blue team was Freddie Flintoff, Vincent Kompany and Jack Whitehall.
Earlier in the year, The Royal Ballet School received an invitation from Sky TV to appear on A League of Their Own following a series of news reports about Premier League Football and Rugby Clubs approaching the School - founded by Ninette de Valois in 1926 - for advice about the setting up of academies for young athletes.
Series six of A League of Their Own will be screened later this autumn. The show is watched by more than 500,000 people – more on catch-up.
For more information, please visit: http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/a-league-of-their-own
Pictured: Presenter James Corden lines up with students of The Royal Ballet School.
Photo: Jim Fletcher