Ski Sunday returns to BBC Two for its 37th series in January with all the thrills and spills from the peak of the 2014/15 winter sports season.
Following on from the spectacle of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which produced unprecedented success for British athletes, the usual presenting duo of Graham Bell and Ed Leigh return to showcase the best action from the men’s and women’s alpine tour as the season continues into the New Year.
The iconic BBC show is back for seven episodes for its 2015 season run with its usual dynamic mix of news, interviews, special features and breathtaking alpine skiing action, with Matt Chilton providing expert commentary for the show’s featured events.
Extended coverage of selected winter sports events – including various disciplines of alpine skiing and skeleton – will be available over each weekend via Ski Sunday Extra on BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website, complementing BBC Two’s Ski Sunday broadcasts.
Winter sports fans can get it touch with the Ski Sunday team by putting their questions and views via #BBCSkiSunday on Twitter.
In addition to Ski Sunday, the BBC is to follow the fortunes of Britain’s top skeleton athletes during the latter stages of the 2014/15 season.
Following an outstanding season last year, which saw Lizzy Yarnold win Olympic gold for Team GB in Sochi, as well as claim the overall Skeleton World Cup title, BBC viewers will now able to watch the world’s top athletes in action throughout the forthcoming season, including a mixture of live coverage and highlights programming.
There will be extensive coverage of each of the European rounds of the Skeleton World Cup tour, with live streaming of the events via the BBC Sport website, starting at the third leg of the series in Altenberg, Germany, on January 9-10.
Highlights of the European events on the World Cup circuit will be shown on TV via BBC Red Button on Sunday evenings, following the broadcast of BBC Two’s long-running winter sports series Ski Sunday, which returns for the 2015 season in January.
There will also be live coverage of the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2015 in Winterberg, Germany, which will be shown via the BBC Red Button, while an extended highlights programme of the event will air shortly afterwards on BBC Two.
Details of each of the seven Ski Sunday 2014/15 episodes, as well as other BBC winter sports coverage this season, can be found below.
.Sunday 4th January EPISODE 1: Santa Caterina 4.45pm-5.30pm BBC Two .
In the first programme of the 2015 series, Ed Leigh and Graham Bell are in the Italian resort of Santa Caterina, the venue for the latest round of the men’s World Cup downhill.
The team were due to be in Munich to witness the breathtaking World Cup parallel slalom, but the event, which was due to take place in the Olympic Park in the heart of the German city, was cancelled due to the lack of snow.
The floodlit night setting, along with the thousands of enthusiastic spectators, would have made this a truly spectacular sporting event. It is now the second year in a row that the Munich leg has abandoned due to poor weather.
Also on the show is an in-depth catch-up with snowboarder Jenny Jones, who became Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic medallist on snow in Sochi last February.
.Sunday 11th January EPISODE 2: Bad Kleinkirchheim 5.00pm-5.45pm BBC Two .
The second programme of the 2015 series comes from the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim – the venue for the women’s downhill world cup.
Ed Leigh and Graham Bell are joined by recently retired Chemmy Alcott for expert insight into the women’s ski race scene, and the programme also features highlights from the men’s giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland.
Graham Bell also takes on the Patrouille des Glaciers in Switzerland – an extreme mountain team challenge through day and night.
Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell joins him for a test of fitness, snow skills and mental strength like no other.
.Sunday 18th January EPISODE 3: Wengen 5.15pm-6.00pm BBC Two .
Graham Bell and Ed Leigh introduce the third programme of the series, which comes from the Swiss resort of Wengen.
It is the home of the mighty Lauberhorn course – the longest downhill on the world cup circuit.
Plus, there will be highlights of the women’s downhill from Cortina in the Dolomites.
The programme also features Ed’s epic trip to Svalbard – he visits the Norwegian archipelago to witness some of the most spectacular and remote freeriding the world has to offer.
.Sunday 25th January EPISODE 4: Kitzbuhel 5.15pm-6.00pm BBC Two .
This week the Ski Sunday team in the Austrian town of Kitzbuhel, where all eyes will be on the infamous Streif course and the most iconic downhill race of the world cup circuit.
Graham gets a very close look as he skis the challenging course with a camera, and he is joined by sidekick Ed as they watch the world’s best skiers try to write their name into alpine folklore.
.Sunday 2nd February EPISODE 5: Schladming 5.15pm-6.00pm BBC Two .
Graham Bell and Ed Leigh introduce the latest alpine sports action in the fifth programme of the series.
The Austrian town of Schladming that takes centre stage for the iconic night slalom. Thousands of local ski-racing fans traditionally flank the mountain, making it one of the most atmospheric and thrilling races of the season.
.Sunday 9th February EPISODE 6: Vail-Beaver Creek 6.15pm-7.00pm BBC Two .
Ski Sunday this week comes from Vail-Beaver Creek, home of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Presenters Ed Leigh and Graham Bell bring you highlights of the blue-riband, men’s downhill and women’s downhill races.
Sunday 4th January Alpine Skiing: Women’s Slalom – Zagreb (CRO) LIVE: 8.50am-10.25am & 11.35am-1.00pm BBC Red Button SKI SUNDAY (Episode 1) 4.45pm-5.30pm BBC Two
Friday 9th January Skeleton World Cup – Altenburg (GER) LIVE: BBC Sport Website Saturday 10th January Alpine Skiing: Men’s Giant Slalom – Adelboden (SUI) LIVE: 9.20am-11.00am & 12.20pm BBC Red Button Sunday 11th January SKI SUNDAY (Episode 2) 5.00pm-5.45pm BBC Two Skeleton World Cup – Altenburg (GER) Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm BBC Red Button
Friday 16th January Skeleton World Cup – Konigssee (GER) LIVE: BBC Sport Website Freestyle World Championships: Snowboard Cross LIVE: 10.35am-12.40pm BBC Red Button Saturday 17th January Alpine Skiing: Women’s Downhill – Cortina (ITA) LIVE: 9.20am-11.30am BBC Red Button Freestyle World Championships: Snowboard Halfpipe Delayed: 6.00pm-7.40pm BBC Red Button Sunday 18th January Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill – Wengen (SUI) LIVE: 11.50am-2.00pm BBC Red Button SKI SUNDAY (Episode 3) 5.15pm-6.00pm BBC Two Skeleton World Cup – Konigssee (GER) Highlights: 5.55pm-7.00pm BBC Red Button
Friday 23rd January Skeleton World Cup – St Moritz (GER) LIVE: BBC Sport Website Saturday 24th January Alpine Skiing: Women’s Downhill – St Moritz (SUI) LIVE: 9.00am-11.15am BBC Red Button Sunday 25th January SKI SUNDAY (Episode 4) 5.15pm-6.00pm BBC Two Skeleton World Cup – St Moritz (SUI) Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm BBC Red Button
January 30-February 1 Skeleton World Cup – La Plange (FRA)
Sunday 9th February SKI SUNDAY (Episode 6) 6.15pm-7.00pm BBC Two