Fri, 17 July 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

At Home With Henry “Blowers” Blofeld

In conversation with Matthew Stadlen

He may share his name with James Bond’s nemesis, but Henry Blofeld is a bona fide legend of the cricketing world and laugh-a-minute storyteller who could not be less like Ian Fleming’s infamous creation.

A bon viveur whose wit and warmth are synonymous with the BBC’s Test Match Special, the journalist and broadcaster Henry Blofeld has travelled the world in pursuit of the game and lived to tell the tale.

With his unfailing enthusiasm, deep knowledge and irresistible charm, his commentaries have made generations of cricket-fans feel like they were really there. In this free, livestreamed conversation with LBC presenter Matthew Stadlen, he will share stories of the cricketing world and beyond – from the trials and tribulations of Eton to being expelled from Cambridge. You’ll meet Ian Fleming and Noel Coward, Clive Dunn and Graeme Swann, and other cricket-loving celebrities and legendary sportsmen whom Blowers encountered in a life truly lived to the full.

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

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Henry Blofeld

Renowned cricket expert, commentator and journalist with over 45 years’ of experience.

Henry Blofeld began writing about cricket, for The Times, in May 1962 and in 1972 he started his long career as a commentator with the BBC’s Test Match Special. During his career he has written for numerous papers and broadcast for both radio and television for many networks around the world especially in Australia and New Zealand. Henry retired from Test Match Special in 2017 to huge adulation from the entire nation as well as a standing ovation during a lap of honour at the home of cricket, Lords.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen