Like most families, Test Match Special has had some bitter rows –

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:14 am

To celebrate TMSs 60th birthday, a match is being played (and commentated upon) in Leeds. Agnews team will take on Geoffrey Boycotts; with the two broadcasting greats represented by their respective on-field captains Phil Tufnell and Vaughan. I think I may have drawn the short straw with my captain, Agnew said with a smile.

TMS favourites will play, as well as celebrities including Jim Carter of Downton Abbey, sprinter Yohan Blake and McFly drummer Harry Judd (a good cricketer, according to Agnew).

They could have sold 10 times the tickets, Agnew said. The TMS mystique remains strong.

It is amazing how much this programme continues to appeal, Agnew said.

Our audience numbers go up and up.

It is a companion for people: most are listening in a confined space, car, headphones in the office, in bed. Often for seven hours a day, five days at a time. There is a feeling of camaraderie, that we are in it together.

For many, TMS has been there during good times and bad. Agnew himself experienced this recently.

My wife Emma has been diagnosed with breast cancer, he said. Because of the nature of the relationship we have with listeners, if I am not on it, people will ask wheres Aggers?

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