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Lord's TV: A Magnificent Seven Published: 24 December 2013

Lord's TV: A Magnificent Seven

Lords.org looks back at seven of the finest moments from Lord's TV during 2013.

Throughout the year MCC's YouTube Channel, Lord's TV, promotes the work MCC does in cricket and goes behind the scenes at the most famous cricket ground in the world.

Below are seven of the best videos from the year gone-by.

Downton star at the Home of Cricket

Back in March, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville was at the Ground ahead of the launch of the latest exhibition in the MCC Museum, Cricket's Crown Jewels.

Bonneville, whose costume from an episode of the ITV hit series which features a cricket scene,  caught up with Lord's TV to discuss his love of the game.

Did You Know?

Hugh Bonneville's Downton Abbey co-star Jim Carter is the Chairman of Hampstead Cricket Club in north London.

Bradman performs at Lord's

Ahead of the Ashes Test match between England and Australia this summer, Greta Bradman, the granddaughter of the great Don, gave a special performances in front of the Pavilion.

A professional Soprano singer, Greta burst into an impromptu performances of George Gershwin's classic 'Summertime'.

Did You Know?

Sir Donald Bradman was a keen pianist in his spare time.

The Lord's Queue

A famous MCC tradition is the members queue on a Test match day.

As there are no seats reserved in the Pavilion for MCC members, it means that the very British tradition of queuing patiently to enter the Pavilion is upheld every year.

On the Thursday morning of the England Australia Test this year, Bacon and Egg ties, blazers and socks could be seen in force along St John's Wood Road; Lord's TV captured the moment.

Did You Know?

The first MCC member was in the queue at 1am on the Thursday morning of the Australia Test match in 2013.

McGrath's Lord's memories

During the Australia Test match Lord's TV caught up with former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath to discuss his three five-wicket hauls at the Home of Cricket.

As part of Lords.org's Honours Board Legend series, McGrath gave an honest, charming and candid interview on his three Test performances at the Ground.

Did You Know?

Glenn McGrath introduced the tradition of bowlers raising the ball to the crowd upon taking five-wickets after becoming disgruntled with batsmen always stealing the limelight after reaching fifty and a hundred.

Howzat?! Laws Animations

MCC owns the Laws of Cricket and this October for the first time ever launched an accessible, easy-to-watch series of animations on the Laws of Cricket.

Narrated by cricket fan Stephen Fry, and with versions also in Hindi and Urdu, the viewer is guided through the laws of the game with 'Tommy' - the Laws Animations avatar.

Did You Know?

Stephen Fry modelled himself on former South Africa bowler Mike Proctor, and hence bowls off the wrong foot!

MCC in Uganda: The 2013 Tour

In October MCC sent a touring party to Uganda to play a selection of matches against the East African nation and also two fixtures against their neighbours Rwanda.

Lord's TV produced a 17-minute 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary of the tour, that included scenes from the matches, a local primary school and a moment when the tour bus broke down in the African wilderness.

Did You Know?

MCC's first tour to Uganda was back in 1957/8, when a touring party was sent to East Africa which comprised the nations of Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika - now Tanzania.

Thank You Sachin

The cricket landscape changed for ever this year when India's Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the game.

Lord's TV paid tribute to the 'Little Master' with a tribute video that featured thoughts from Brian Lara, Andrew Strauss, Bob Willis, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and Angus Fraser.

Did You Know?

When Sachin Tendulkar was batting, his wife Anjali would not eat or drink - out of superstition - while her husband was at the crease.


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