Eddie Hemmings and Mike 'Stevo' Stephenson, the Sky Sports double act synonymous with rugby league for over a quarter of a century, are finally calling it a day. In 'It's Been Grand' the two veteran commentators tell the story of how their on-screen partnership was formed through a chance meeting. And they relate many of their tales of adventure, mayhem, mishap and success from their early days at BSB through to the present day with Sky TV. The stories include losing a Mercedes and gaining a Ford, creating 'Boots 'n' All' by pester-power and an inebriated invader on the TV gantry. They also relate many of their tour down under adventures such as a confrontation with a drunk former girlfriend, birthday celebrations with the Great Britain Test team and a bedroom with clean sheets but no walls. And others are not spared the Stevo and Eddie treatment either with tales of a free lunch at the expense of John Kear, the story of five Martin Offiah's and Maurice Lyndsey and the knife-throwing Apache. Alas, with Stevo's retirement at the end of the 2016 season, the partnership is coming to an end.
But enjoy the fun, the japes and the catastrophes and celebrations of the last 28 years of rugby league TV commentary in Eddie and Stevo's 'It's Been Grand'.
Meeting John Parrott. The Ugly One. A Change of Direction. The Broadest Wigan Accent. The Sack. A Gamble. A Gleaming Merc. A Hundred Quid. Bold Stuff. We're Doing the Game. Boots 'n' All. Cinderella. The Hog. An Uncomfortable Re-acquaintance. Clean Sheets. Five Star Accommodation? Costa Cost. Cardboard Hankie. Five Martin Offiah's. Lost in France. The Super League Years. Health Blues. John Kear, a Bowl of Rice and a Surfboard. The Panda. It's Been Grand.