Amazon Prime Video’s Back of the Net has kicked off today with Steven Gerrard joining Peter Crouch in the studio.
Amazon’s new weekly football show is hosted by Gabby Logan, Peter Crouch and John Bishop, who take a humorous look back at the latest games in Premier League football alongside a studio guest.
Marking Crouch’s on-screen debut fronting a weekly entertainment show, following his retirement from professional football, Logan couldn’t help but tease her fellow host, by musing: “I was going to say it must have been nice for you to just sit down and watch football this weekend, but to be fair you were doing that most of last season too!”
Episode 1 sees the gang have a heated debate on VAR, play a game called Man in the Mascot where they must guess the footballer hiding beneath Manchester City’s Moonchester costume, and in the first of his ‘GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time) interviews, Crouch probes former teammate Steven Gerrard with the questions that everyone has been waiting for, including: “What is your worst habit?” (“I don’t mind picking my nose”) and “Describe yourself in three words” (“Miserable. Boring. Man.”) Manchester United legend Patrice Evra is also a guest in the studio.
Episode 1 is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes arriving weekly on Tuesday evenings.
Back of the Net is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription.
Back of the Net: Peter Crouch to lead weekly Amazon football series
5th July 2019
Peter Crouch will host a new weekly footballing series on Amazon Prime Video.
Back of the Net will launch this summer coinciding with the beginning of the new Premier League football season through to Prime Video’s exclusive live broadcast of matches in December 2019. Episodes of Back of the Net will be released on Tuesdays after each Premier League round.
The studio talk show will be presented by a team of three: legendary footballer Peter Crouch, comedian John Bishop and broadcaster Gabby Logan. Each week the trio will be joined by a live audience, and a heady mix of celebrity and football guests. They look back at the latest matches and forward to the next, with smart, humorous debate on the big talking points, and with a few games along the way. Back of the Net will also include features with football’s greatest names telling hilarious stories and revealing the secret talents of heroes from the sport world.
In December 2019, Prime Video will offer live and exclusive Premier League matches available on Prime Video in the UK, completely free with a Prime membership. The offering comprises of two full fixture rounds – the early December mid-week games on 3-5th December and the Boxing Day fixtures on 26-27th December – featuring live coverage of every Premier League team, meaning fans of every single Premier League club will be guaranteed to watch their team play twice on Prime Video.
Gabby Logan says: “I am beyond thrilled to become part of the Back of the Net team sitting alongside my old mate John Bishop and the wittiest footballer in the land, Peter Crouch. Football is about passion, skill and rivalries but ultimately it’s about people and their stories and there’s so much fun to be had around the beautiful game every week in the Premier League.”
John Bishop comments: “Each week, I guarantee to give an extremely impartial, straight laced view of the recent champions of Europe.”
Crouch adds: “I’m really excited to start this show with Gabby and John and I’m hoping it’s going to be a smooth transition from bench to sofa.”
‘While our live Premier League coverage in December will of course focus on the action, we wanted to bring back the humour and quirkiness of a studio show based on the nation’s favourite sport,” says Alex Green, MD Sports, Prime Video. “I’m absolutely thrilled that Peter, Gabby and John will be our regular hosts, offering their wit, banter and anecdotes, every week of the season.”
“Working with incredible on and off screen talent, Back of the Net is the next in our offering of UK Original productions for Prime Video,” adds Georgia Brown, Director EU Originals, Prime Video. “We’re so excited to bring what will be a hilarious, fun-filled show to our audiences weekly.”
Back of the Net is an Amazon Original production with Sony Pictures Television’s Human Media and Buzz 16. The showrunner is Alan Brown and the series producer is Luke Shiach.