Bruno & Richardson – a Former Heavyweight World Champion and a BBC Radio sports presenter. Drawing on a deep friendship, Frank Bruno and his after dinner speaker sparring partner Garry Richardson; dish up an entertaining, thought provoking and poignant look at Frank’s life, both in and out of the ring. Without pulling any punches; they conjure up the triumphs and defeats, the laughter and the tears.
Bruno & Richardson The Duo
Frank Bruno is one of the most popular sportsmen in the country; a legendary boxer and a larger-than-life personality. Garry Richardson is the sports anchor on Radio 4’s Today Programme; and one of the BBC’s longest serving sports reporters.
Working from a friendship spanning over two decades, Bruno & Richardson deliver an entertaining, often thought provoking, and occasionally poignant look; at Frank’s exceptional boxing career. The triumphs, the defeats, the laughter and the tears.
Frank’s story takes him from a poor South London upbringing, to fighting Mike Tyson for the World Heavyweight title in Las Vegas; being beaten and coming back to win the title at Wembley.
His rise saw him become one of the best known sportsmen in the country, held in great public affection and appearing on chat shows, quizzes and famously in pantomime. The dream shattered, when Frank Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and suffered a breakdown; a tragic experience about which Frank has spoken openly and has written movingly.
Garry has known Frank since his early boxing days; he is the presenter of Sportsweek on Radio 5 Live and Look Away Now on Radio 4. He’s also a regular at interviewing players for the BBC, from Wimbledon every summer.
A hugely entertaining speaker, whether or not the audience has any interest in sport. Garry weaves topical gags with behind-the-scenes stories; from broadcasting and indiscreet tales from the dressing rooms, of various sporting legends.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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