Season 1
Lord Sebastian Coe & Gary Newbon
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Lord Sebastian Coe & Gary Newbon

This episode of Living the Dream brings together the… multi talented, double Olympic champion, Member of Parliament and figurehead of the 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe with Gary Newbon, one of Britain’s best loved and longest serving television sports reporters.


Lord Sebastian Coe – Originally an economics and social history student, Sebastian Coe was at his peak performance in the early 1980′s, which saw his biggest sporting achievements when he went on to win four Olympic medals and set eight world records in middle-distance running.

In the 1990′s he turned to politics and became a Conservative Member of Parliament, and was later elevated to the House of Lords. Seb now chairs the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympics, a huge achievement in not only being part of securing the Games for London, but in seeing the project through to realisation next summer.


Gary Newbon – Having covered seven World Cup football finals, three Olympic Games, European Champions Football, many world boxing championships and a myriad of other sporting events, Gary Newbon is one of the most respected sports reporters the country has ever known.

During his long-lasting career for ITV and subsequently for Sky, Gary has presented over 10,000 television programmes and has won a number of prestigious awards. He has followed, and reported on, the highs and lows of many of our sporting icons and traces his professional and personal relationship with Lord Coe right back to the end of the seventies. During filming of Living the Dream Gary and Seb’s shared memories of the legendary Moscow Olympics animate an already lively show unfolding into an amazingly intimate and revealing conversation.


Watch out for Lord Coe and Gary talking during the show about:

  • How Lord Coe describes the aftermath of losing the 800m in Moscow to his rival Steve Ovett, and exactly how he turned it around to win the 1500m a week later.
  • How Gary was caught between the police and the terrorists at the tragedy of the Munich Olympics in 1972.
  • How Lord Coe became friends with the football legend Brian Clough, and took advantage of his Club’s hospitality as an up and coming athlete.