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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 January, 2004, 07:06 GMT
BBC lives it up at the Lakeside
John Part, Ray Stubbs and Bobby George will be on duty at the Lakeside
John Part, Ray Stubbs and Bobby George will be on Lakeside duty
The BBC will broadcast 45 hours of action from the 2004 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship.

The event is the highlight of the darts calendar and there will be 27 programmes over the course of the nine-day New Year championship.

And darts lovers can watch all the televised action as it happens on the BBC Sport website.

Ray Stubbs presents the TV coverage in tandem with darts legend Bobby George, starting in Grandstand on 3 January.

The coverage will conclude the following weekend, with Saturday's semi-finals and the final on Sunday.

Stubbs first presented the darts coverage in 1999 and cannot wait to return to Frimley Green for a fourth time.

"Just when you think all the Christmas celebrations are over you hit nine days of the Lakeside," he said.

"There's always a great atmosphere, which is equally as important as the performance of the players, and a great sense of occasion.

"Anyone who has ever thrown a competitive dart wants to win on the that stage, but it always surprises me, that in an event that means so much to the players, there is such a sense of fun."

The volume and variation of e-mails is quite incredible - one spawned Bobby's cinema career so who knows what it will generate this year
Ray Stubbs
E-mail the team:
  • at worlddarts@bbc.co.uk
  • on the postform to the right
  • And that stretches to the studio where Stubbs and George have "a good laugh".

    "I've worked with some sporting greats like Alan Hansen, Matt Dawson, Steve Davis and Mark Lawrenson. Bobby is up there alongside them," he added.

    "He's a top notch fella who has charisma with a capital 'C'."

    While Stubbs holds court in the studio, Tony Green will be on duty in the commentary box alongside 1994 champion John Part.

    As well as comprehensive coverage of the best of the action on television, including a full results service on Ceefax from page 380, you can also keep up-to-date on the radio.

    David Croft will be on duty throughout the week reporting for BBC Radio Five Live on 693 and 909AM.

    And of course, you can find everything you need to know on all things arrows at www.bbc.co.uk/darts.


    Friday 9 January
    1300-1715: BBC2 Highlights
    2335-2435: BBC2 Highlights
    2435-0200: BBC2 Highlights Extra

    Saturday 10 January
    1435-1630: BBC1 Semi-final - live action (Grandstand)
    1800-2000: BBC2 Semi-final - live action
    2300-0100: BBC2 Highlights Extra

    Sunday 11 January
    1800-2000: BBC2 Final - live action





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