EP1 - Brian O'Driscoll
This is no ordinary interview programme, Craig Doyle gets deep and dirty interviewing some of the greatest sporting legends about their lives and careers. However Craig doesn't talk to just them, he gets some help from those who know them best. As he navigates the highs and lows of their lives Craig has access to their contact book and calls up those who lived through those experiences with them.
In this first episode he talks to rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll.
In a candid interview Brian opens up about how he received threats of violence after playing a Lambeg drum, a hugely divisive symbol of the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland, while making a documentary. For the first time Brian is brought together with the Orangeman who gave him the drum on that fateful day. Jonathan Buckley tells Brian he felt sorry for him after the event but he believes the Irish rugby star made a little bit of history that day.
Elsewhere on “The Contact Book with Craig Doyle”, Brian’s family reveal intimate details about how they all “had a moment” with the six nations trophy during family celebrations after Ireland's historic win.
Brian is also brought back together with his coach from Leister and reveals how he ended up hiking through the night with the Irish Army in golf shoes. Craig and Brian also make a worldwide appeal to find the missing Irish rugby jersey that had to be cut off the injured Lions captain.
The contact book gets unique access to the world's greatest sporting stars and brings you their story from all sides.
The Contact Book with Craig Doyle is an original by 3 Rock Production for Auddy
Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.
Presenter, Craig Doyle
Theme Music by Owen Parker
Series Producer, Keith Doyle
Sound editing, Mark Sharman
Album Art, Nicole Stewart
Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson