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Andrew Flintoff has a new television series out called Freddie Flintoff: Alone In The Wild (Wed, 9pm, Discovery), in which he survives a week in the wilds of Botswana without food, shelter and Steve Harmison. On the back of Freddie's TV success, the other bowlers from that legendary Ashes 2005 win are also making the move to the small screen. Keep an eye out for the following in this autumn's schedules…

Holiday - With Steve Harmison (ITV1)
This week, we'll learn about luxury apartment holidays in Portugal, white-water rafting in New Zealand, and a glamorous city break in party capital Prague. The travel-shy Geordie will then describe why he doesn't fancy any of them, detailing the sorts of fancy muck you might be forced to eat, the hotness and/or coldness of the weather, foreigners looking at you all funny, and the paucity of tea-making facilities in the hotels.

One Man And His Hog (BBC Yorkshire)
The popular sheepdog trials show gets a makeover as eccentric Yorkshireman Matthew Hoggard chases sheep around a desolate moor shouting, "Eeee, I'm right barmy, me." Not suitable for children.

Animal Hospital With Simon Jones (BBC Cymru)
The injury-prone Welsh pace ace meets furry friends who have had accidents. Expect emotional scenes as Simon rescues a badger with an iffy knee and re-homes it in Worcestershire.

The Gilo-Krypton Factor (UK Dave Gold Plus Three)
The versatile Warwickshire man presents a rebooted version of the polymath game show, in which contestants have to do an assault course, solve a puzzle, bowl a tidy one-fer, chip in with some useful runs down the order and be a positive contributor to the dressing room.

Strictly Come Dancing With Paul Collingwood MBE (BBC)
A last-minute replacement for Bruce Forsyth, Paul has stepped gamely into the breach and promises an all-singing, all-dancing performance from the showbiz old school, peppered with prehistoric jokes and filthy medium pace. A campaign is underway to get him the knighthood he deserves.

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Comments: 4 
Posted by SagirParkar on (October 3, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

wonderful... Harmison's show fits the bill perfectly.. he was always whining when travelling abroad.... maybe he and Tresco could jointly host the show ;)

Posted by TomCalder on (October 3, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Nice to see a column not dominated by Indian players and the BCCI for once!

Posted by randikaayya on (October 3, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Niceyy... filthy military medium from Colly! As for Gilo, if he has contributed positively to the dressing room, maybe some of those game time he got could be justified. Just.

Posted by ibbotsoni on (October 3, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Brilliant! And good to see Colly been given allrounder status here!

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Alan Tyers
Alan Tyers writes about sport for the Daily Telegraph and others. He is the author of six books published by Bloomsbury, all of them with pictures by the brilliant illustrator Beach. The most recent is Tutenkhamen's Tracksuit: The History of Sport in 100ish Objects. Alan is one of many weak links in the world's worst cricket team, the Twenty Minuters.

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