Sue Barker, 65, walks her dogs in the Cotswolds ahead of new Question Of Sport show


Sue Barker sported a blue fleece on Friday to walk her beloved pooches in the Cotswolds, hours before the airing of the revamped Question Of Sport, from which she was axed from. 

The television presenter, 65, was let go from the sports programme earlier this year after 24 years, and she will be replaced by Paddy McGuinness, 47, on the updated format which airs this evening. 

However, Sue didn’t let the looming new show quell her motivation to complete her daily activities as she strolled through the picturesque countryside with her dogs. 

Feeling blue? Sue Barker sported a blue fleece on Friday to walk her beloved pooches in the Cotswolds, hours before the airing of the revamped Question Of Sport, from which she was axed from

Her jacket from Under Armour perfectly matched her blue dog leads as she donned practical boots and waterproof trousers for the outing. 

Sue appeared to be make-up free and her blonde bob was styled in a natural loose wave. 

It was confirmed in July that Paddy would replace Sue on A Question of Sport.

The 47-year-old TV presenter will take over as the host of the sports quiz show, while Olympian Sam Quek and retired rugby star Ugo Monye will replace Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell as team captains.

Outing: However, the presenter, 65, didn't let the looming new show quell her motivation to complete her daily activities as she strolled through the picturesque countryside

Outing: However, the presenter, 65, didn’t let the looming new show quell her motivation to complete her daily activities as she strolled through the picturesque countryside

New role: Sue was let go from the sports programme earlier this year after 24 years, and she will be replaced by Paddy McGuinness, 47, (pictured) on the updated format this evening

New role: Sue was let go from the sports programme earlier this year after 24 years, and she will be replaced by Paddy McGuinness, 47, (pictured) on the updated format this evening

Last year Sue was axed as the host of the BBC series after 24 years and ex-England footballer Alex Scott, 36, was rumoured to be taking over her role. 

Paddy told the Mirror: ‘I love the fiercely competitive nature of sports stars coupled with having a laugh.

‘That’s why A Question of Sport has always been one of my favourite shows and having been weaned on it from an early age, this is an honour and opportunity I’m certainly not taking lightly.’

Paddy said that he will attempt to put his own mark on the show, which was previously hosted by David Coleman and David Vine.

He added: ‘I grew up with both Davids hosting but it’s Sue who made this show her own.

Attire: Her jacket from Under Armour perfectly matched her blue dog leads as she donned practical boots and waterproof trousers for the outing

Attire: Her jacket from Under Armour perfectly matched her blue dog leads as she donned practical boots and waterproof trousers for the outing

The past: It was confirmed in July that Paddy would replace Sue on A Question of Sport (Sue is pictured with team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right))

The past: It was confirmed in July that Paddy would replace Sue on A Question of Sport (Sue is pictured with team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right))

‘She will always be A Question of Sport icon, but I’ll try my best to stamp my own mark on it.’

Paddy has plenty of presenting experience on shows such as Take Me Out and Top Gear.  

Former hockey player Sam, 32, who has become the first female captain in the programme’s 50 year history, described the show as her ‘dream job’.

She said: ‘I’ve watched A Question of Sport since I was a little girl and my ambition to appear on the show came true five years ago – but I never thought that I would one day be a captain.

‘And the first female captain in the show’s 50 year history too.’

All change: Last year she was tipped to be replaced by ex-England footballer Alex Scott, 36, (pictured) in a show shake up

All change: Last year she was tipped to be replaced by ex-England footballer Alex Scott, 36, (pictured) in a show shake up

Sam praised Matt and Phil as ‘two of the greatest captains to have ever appeared on the show’ and said she is looking forward to taking on Ugo in the new series.

She said: ‘I’ll give it my all and make sure I enjoy every minute of the ride. Oh, and Ugo … I’m coming for you.’

Former England star Ugo, 38, thanked Sue, Matt and Phil for ‘making the show what it is today’, and admitted it is ‘truly humbling’ to take on a team captain role.

He added: ‘It’s an incredible honour to be selected as A Question of Sport’s team captain.

‘It’s a show I have watched my entire life, so to be named as a captain is truly humbling.’

Stars: Olympian Sam Quek (pictured) and retired rugby star Ugo Monye (left) will replace Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell as team captains

Professional: Sam (pictured) is an English former field hockey player

Stars: Olympian Sam Quek (right) and retired rugby star Ugo Monye (left) will replace Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell as team captains

Who are the new A Question of Sport team captains?

Sam Quek

Sam Quek, MBE, is an English former field hockey player and television personality. 

She played as a defender for both the England and Great Britain teams, wearing squad number 13, and won gold as part of the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.  

She has presented various television sports shows, including American football on the BBC, rugby union on Channel 5, field hockey on BT Sport and football for Channel 4 and LFC TV. 

She also took part in the sixteenth season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2016.  

Sam is married to Tom Mairs, a property entrepreneur and in In March 2021 had her first child, daughter, Molly. 

Ugo Monye 

Ugo is an English sports pundit and former rugby union player.

He played 14 times for England, 241 times for his only club Harlequins and played twice for the British & Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa.

He presents the Rugby Union Weekly podcast for the BBC. 

He is also currently presenting on BT Sport and has worked as a brand Ambassador for Maximuscle. 

 

 



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