BBC Radio Scotland is to broadcast a six-part series with sports journalist Hugh McIlvanney.
The Ayrshire-born journalist will give insights into the lives of many of the stars he has interviewed and reported on during a career that stretches back more than five decades.
McIlvanney was interviewed by Radio Scotland sports presenter Geoff Webster for the The McIlvanney Conversations series that begins on Sunday June 14 at 1pm on Radio Scotland on both FM and MW.
Hugh has been an eye witness to many of sports greatest moments and has enjoyed the company of such legends as Muhammad Ali, Pele, Jock Stein, Sir Matt Busby, George Best and Lester Piggott. He says his biggest ‘scoop’ was being invited into Muhammad Ali’s villa just hours after he’d regained the World Heavyweight boxing title from George Foreman in that epic showdown in Zaire, remembered fondly as the Rumble In The Jungle in 1974.
The series will include readings by McIlvanney of some of his best known writing and archive audio from milestone sporting events he reported on. The McIlvanney Conversations will focus on the sports that he covered in-depth: football, boxing and horse racing.
The first episode of The McIlvanney Conversations airs this Sunday June 14 at 1pm.