Season 1
Sir Ian Botham & Sir Tim Rice
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Sir Ian Botham & Sir Tim Rice

This episode of Living the Dream brings together the… renowned cricketing icon, sports commentator and prodigious fundraiser, Sir Ian Botham with Sir Tim Rice the famed lyricist, musical impresario and Golden Globe winner.


Sir Ian Botham – is one of the country’s greatest cricketers of all time. He set many records during his 19-year career in First-Class and Test cricket. His world-class performance is probably best exemplified in the 1981 Ashes series against Australia. Nicknamed ‘Beefy,’ Botham was a true all-rounder, with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket; he still holds certain Test cricket records, including the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler.

Cricket’s gain may well have been football’s loss, as Botham was a talented footballer turning out for teams in the football league on several occasions. Since retiring Sir Ian has forged a successful career as a commentator with Sky, and continues his prodigious fund-raising for Leukaemia research with his epic treks across the nation.


Sir Tim Rice – is a genuine legend of musical theatre and alongside his long-time collaborator and friend Andrew Lloyd Webber, he is responsible for some of the most iconic musicals of all time, such as Joseph, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. His lyrics have resonated in the hearts and minds of music lovers across the globe throughout several decades and he is truly part of the cultural fabric of the theatre world.

Tim took a bold step to diversify as a lyricist by joining the Disney team in the 90’s and has since enjoyed huge success with songs for Aladdin and The Lion King, where Academy nominations and Oscars followed. A huge fan of cricket, Tim runs his own amateur club – Heartaches Cricket Club – and during filming of Living the Dream he relishes Ian’s stories of his cricketing life and the show develops into an amazingly intimate and revealing conversation.


Watch out for Sir Ian and Sir Tim talking during the show about:

  • How Ian describes in detail his life as a teenager as part of the Lords ground-staff, and his early success in the game.
  • How Tim suggested Elton John for an as yet unnamed Disney project (The Lion King) only for Elton to say he would love to but the money wasn’t enough. Three days later Elton calls raring to go and is obviously fuelled by a more lucrative Disney contract.
  • How Ian brings to life the early days of Viv Richards and himself living in a condemned house, with no running water, only for them both to be knighted years later.