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Benched brings you the stories that are sitting on the sidelines of sport, from the inspiring, the harrowing or often absurd. This is a show that isn’t just about sport, but instead acts as as a prism to explore the real world.

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Cat Hulbert has been called the best female gambler on earth. During her decades-long career, she played at the highest level of blackjack and poker shattering the glass ceiling of professional gambling in the process. Today she joins presenter and broadcaster Charlie Webster to share her story.
Ep05 - Out on the Pitch

Ep05 - Out on the Pitch

2019-06-0600:22:53

After being accidentally outed in 2014, Liam Davis became the only openly gay male footballer in Britain. Despite media knocking down his door, he has remained firmly focused on football and has spoken widely about how accepting the community has been. He spoke to journalist Jasmine Andersson about what it means to be gay in football.
E04 - Ali Dia Is a Liar?

E04 - Ali Dia Is a Liar?

2019-05-3000:24:04

In 1996, Southampton’s manager received a phone call from someone claiming to be footballing legend George Weah recommending the signing of his cousin. For 43 minutes, Ali Dia lived out the fantasy of millions by playing Premiership football, albeit not very well, before vanishing forever. Guest host Robbie Knox (Soccer AM) gets the story from Kelly Naqi, a journalist who made it her mission to uncover the mystery.
E03 - The Snow Leopard

E03 - The Snow Leopard

2019-05-2300:28:46

In 2010, Ghanaian athlete Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong defied the odds and made it to the Vancouver Winter Olympics on a bet. And the legend of The Snow Leopard was born. Hear his story of hard-won success with guest host Carl Anka.
British boxing professional, Johnny Greaves, fought 100 fights throughout his career and lost 96 of them – and he’s proud of it. In this episode hear from of Boxing’s biggest loser about why it pays not to win. Guest host is sports writer, Mark Turley.
Eric Murangwa was a goalkeeper for Rwanda's biggest team, Rayon Sports, when the genocide began in 1994. As part of the persecuted Tutsi minority, he tells the story of how football, and his Hutu teammates, helped save him from near certain death. Guest host for this episode is fellow goalkeeper David Preece.
Benched Trailer

Benched Trailer

2018-11-1600:00:43

Coming Soon: Benched brings you the stories that are sitting on the sidelines of sport, from the inspiring, the harrowing or often absurd. This is a show that isn’t just about sport, but instead acts as as a prism to explore the real world.
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