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  • Episode: 

    2 of 3

  • Title: 

    Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 12 Sep 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 37 2014 : Sat 06 Sep - Fri 12 Sep
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  • Amended: 

    Wed 27 Aug 2014

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Piers Morgan returns to ITV with a seventh series of his hit biographical talk show. 
Filmed in front of a studio audience, each show is devoted to one guest, looking back over their personal lives and careers and including interviews with their friends, families and colleagues.
The interviews are intimate, in-depth and emotionally charged as Piers lays bare his subjects’ life stories over a revealing hour.
In this second show of the series Piers will be interviewing professional cricketer Andrew Flintoff as he reflect’s on his life and career as one of Britain's best loved cricketing heroes. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff looks back at the key role he played in England's 2005 Ashes triumph and he tells how, after doctors advised him never to run again when he retired in 2010, he recently made a return to county cricket.
Piers will continue to bring his unique style of interviewing to his show while questioning some of the biggest celebrity names about their life and times, finding out just what makes them tick.
Transcript excerpt
Freddie Flintoff reveals his battle with bulimia and reveals the story behind the ‘pedalo incident’ that hit the headlines.
Freddie also discusses:
- Winning the Ashes in 2005 and his drunken visit to 10 Downing Street.
- Meeting the Queen.
- How and why he bathed his privates in iced water!
Professional cricketer Freddie Flintoff reveals how he suffered from Bulimia.
During an interview with Piers Morgan for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, which will air on ITV on Friday 12th September, Freddie said:  “I can’t remember the first time (I made myself sick) but I did it when I had eaten something which I thought I’m going to put weight on with this, or I had too much to drink, that’s when it started.”
He continues: “Then it slowly crept in more and more. I remember we had this chat, the England team were sat down and you get this drugs advisor coming in to tell you about drugs in sport. One by one they come, these different people. There was a woman who was a dietician and she started saying about diet and how she dealt with models, actors and athletes who have had eating disorders, I thought I can have a chat with her afterwards and then she said ‘but I can’t imagine there is any of that in here’ so I thought I can’t say anything now. I was on tour in India and I was doing it a lot. I was doing it at lunchtime, I would come off (the pitch) have something to eat and then I would go and bowl again.”
Piers: “You’d come off and you would eat and then you would make yourself sick in the middle of a match?”           
Freddie: “I’ve done it at lunchtime a few times. In India I would have a curry and naan bread and then end up in the toilet.”
Piers: “And how would you be feeling when you did this, like it was a dirty secret that no one could know about?”
Freddie: “Yes I was cautious, you looked to see if there was anybody in the toilet with you and then you would find somewhere to go. I thought I couldn’t really tell anyone because of the world I was in, professional sport you don’t want to give anything away, you almost want to come across as being bullet proof, and that was part of my make-up.     
Piers: “Do you feel any sense of shame you were doing this?”
Freddie: “I think so and then for a while it came routine. We saw on the VT there was that piece I think in The Sun newspaper were there was Lennox Lewis on one side who was World Champion at the time and a hero of mine, and on the otherside there was me, not in quite as good of shape. It had Lennox Lewis reaches whatever in inches and it had me, reach for the pies.”
Freddie talks about the night he capsized a pedalo after a late night drinking session, not long after his England side had been trounced in the 2006/07 Ashes series. Freddie explains he didn’t know what he was thinking: “I think I was asking myself the same questions, what are you doing?”
Piers: “What was the answer in your head?”
Freddie: “You know what, I don’t know. We’d played New Zealand on the Friday, the first game of the World Cup and things hadn’t being going well. We’d just come off the back of the Ashes (2006) and I was so desperate to do well in this World Cup. I went out, I got a duck, out first ball actually and then I didn’t get a wicket and then we got beat. I went back to the hotel room and some of the lads were going out afterwards. I thought you know what I’m not going out but I was in my room, I was smashing the room up, I was gutted and then I thought you know what I’m going to go out for a bit.
He continues: “I went to this bar called Limeys in St Lucia on the corner and ordered a rum punch. About 1.30am I thought you know what I’m hammered here, go home. So I walked back and to get from the reception of the hotel to my room I had to walk partially across the beach. For some reason I had this idea these boats out to sea, it sounds bizarre but I knew Ian Botham was on one (boat) and I thought you know what I’m going to have a night cap with Beefy. I thought I can’t swim as that would be dangerous, so I was going to get a kayak but I couldn’t find the oars so I dragged this pedalo into the water. As I was doing it I was getting jolted around and waves were breaking and I couldn’t get on it, not through the lack of trying and then I fell in and just let it go. A security guard got me and took me to my room. The next morning I woke up, I was on my bed and I’m still wet and I’ve got sand between my toes. Then the door knocked, the door had these slats and I thought it was the maid wanting to clean the room so I said ‘can you come back’ but it was the coach. I pulled the slats down and answered the door and then Duncan just said ‘my room now’.”
Piers: “And he was the team coach?”
Freddie: “Duncan Fletcher, yes. So I went to the room and dissected it and went through it all. Some of the details were exaggerated but I wasn’t in a position to argue.      
Freddie continues: “The one thing that really hurt was I got banned from that game on the Sunday. I’ve missed a lot of cricket through injury which you can’t do anything about, when I got banned, it was a real low point and I welled up and I had to face the Press. I had this press conference and I walked across the hotel reception and the England fans who were only a months previously cheering my name and high fiving me when I walked amongst them they were shaking their heads. I couldn’t make eye contact with them and I thought this isn’t good.”                             
Freddie speaks to Piers about winning the 2005 Ashes and what happened after when he  visited 10 Downing Street after a heavy night on the beers.
Piers: ‘It was one of the greatest sporting triumphs, certainly in my life time and also one of the greatest benders in the history of sport that you led the team on. Do you remember much about it?”
Freddie: “Bizarrely I have flash backs. At the end of that test match we couldn’t believe it, it was a party atmosphere at the Oval. We were surrounded by people and I had no idea what effect it was having on people. I was so wrapped up in it all and enjoying it so much, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted another 5 test matches in that series, I wanted to keep playing. When we got off and we were sat in the dressing room it was like, we have just won the Ashes there how good is that. I was sat with Steve Harmison, one of my best mates in the corner of the dressing room and I got a cigar and a beer and he’s got the Ashes and we just started having a few.
Piers: “Well you certainly had a few, I’ve got the full itinerary here. 6.15 (pm) the game ends, champagne and beers until 10(pm), hotel bar at 10.30(pm) more beer, 12am Soho Club Prophecy.”
Freddie interrupts and says: “No, not me I didn’t leave the hotel. A lot of the lads went off into town.”   
Piers: “And they went to this Club, Prophecy and ran up a £34,000 bill, you remained in the hotel bar at 5.45am, gin and tonics followed by vodka and cranberry.”
Freddie: “Healthy.”
Piers: “7am Rachel (his wife) puts you in a bath and dresses you, 10.30am Mansion House the Lord Mayors reception, Freddie trips and gets on the bus to Trafalgar Square drinking champagne directly from a bottle presumably to save time, 1.30pm 10 Downing Street where you require warm wine, you swing on Leo’s (Tony Blair’s son) swing, you ask Cherie where the loo is, your’re thrown out of the Cabinet Room for pretending to be the Home Security. We then believe you may of thrown up in the garden and you are accused Andrew Flintoff of urinating on the Downing Street flower bed.”    
Freddie: “It doesn’t sound as good when you put it like that.”
Piers: “Do you remember your conversation with Mr Blair?”
Freddie: “I didn’t have a conversation with him, I didn’t speak to him, I was on the swing.”
Piers: “Leo’s swing.”
Freddie: “Yes Leo’s swing. The house is amazing, from the front it looks like a terrace but it’s massive. We went in the garden and there was a function going on and I just stayed out of the way, sat on the swing and then I needed the toilet. I did ask Cherie were the loos are and I went for a wee and then I went exploring round the house. I thought I’m never going to get the chance again, it’s like Through The Keyhole this, its amazing. I was sat in the Cabinet Room and I thought this is so good, I was sat and I had my feet on the table.”
Piers: “So you had sneaked in there?”  
Freddie: “I was playing Prime Minister I wasn’t playing Home Security, I was playing the big one and I had a bottle of Becks in my hand and my feet on the table and I was hosting my own meeting (he then points) what about you Ministry of Defence what have you got to say.”       
Piers: “So you were on your own?”
Freddie: “Yes, I’ve got a great imagination. We were having a frank discussion about the budget. At that point the security guard comes in, he says ‘alright Fred you’ve had your fun now get off’, I was like alright guilty as charged. I got put down back to where everyone was drinking and then we came outside 10 Downing Street. We stood outside and all the photographers are out there taking pictures of the team and I’m stood next to Kevin (Pietersen). There was one person worse than me and Kevin, Matthew Hoggard. You don’t want to be next to Hoggy when he is sober never mind when he is drunk. He was stood next to the Prime Minister and he was just trying to make small talk, Tony Blair says ‘ what are all these people doing here’ and Hoggy turned round and said ‘ for you, you are the Prime Minister you knob’ and I was like no Hoggy and then we got whistled out back on the bus and shipped off to Lords.”               
It was a very proud moment when Freddie met the Queen, and he remembers what The Queen said to him: “Yes we got to the queue and the Queen has got this amazing aura about her, you drive into the Palace and then she is there. I got to the front of the queue and you have got to walk forward and you’re not quite sure what to say or how to behave and she said ‘you kept us on the edge of our seats’ and I said ‘thank you mam’, she said ‘you kept us guessing’ and I said ‘yes’. Then afterwards at the drinks reception she came over and I had a share in a race horse as well and she said ‘ I see you’ve got a runner at Carlisle tomorrow, has it got a chance?’ I said ‘yes its worth a couple of quid your Majesty’, it was unbelievable.”
Piers: “Your horse was called Flintoff?”
Freddie: “Yes it was fat and slow.”
Talking about being hit in the privates Piers asks Freedie: “There was a moment when you played cricket early on for Lancashire for one of the more junior sides and you got hit somewhere that no cricketer likes been hit.”
Freddie: “Yes.”
Piers: “ A particular region that causes maximum pain.”
Freddie: “The goolies, yes.”
Piers: “Correct.”
Freddie: “I was seventeen and I was playing against Hampshire. The thing with cricket equipment is that over the years the pads, the gloves, everything has moved on, the box which protects your thing hasn’t, it’s like a soap dish. It offers no protection and I got hit in there,its got these holes like air vents and everything that should have been outside where seeping through these air vents, it wasn’t good. Luckily it rained and we came off and David Lloyd who was my first coach for Lanchashire, England and somebody I look up too and respect, he suggested bathing them in iced water. So I was seventeen, I was sat in my dressing room and I’m sat on the edge of my chair and I’ve got them… (learns over with his hand over his private area)         
Piers: “In a glass of iced water?”
Freddie: “I was going to say dangling but that would be bragging. They were in the iced water and then one of the players Gary Yates for some reason had been doing some training. He came in and said ‘I’m a bit parched, has anybody got a drink’, I was like should I… yeah and poor Gary necked the lot. He went out to bat and in the same game the announcer who had found out said ‘we’ve got Gary Yates coming up number 8 for Lanchashire he has been refreshed by one of Freddie Flintoff’s cocktails’, yes a proud moment.”