Olive costs Andrew Cotter the race against James Cracknell

One of the redeeming features of the last year has been BBC sports correspondent Andrew Cotter’s videos with his two labradors, Olive and Mabel.

In the early days of business meetings by Zoom as we were all getting used to the medium, his spoof assessment by a company boss of his employees, using the two dogs as stooges, was comedy gold. Olive and Mabel have become superstars.

He brought out a book in October 2020 called Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

The videos are brilliant for the interactions between him and the dogs, the mock serious commentary and the baleful looks they give him as he’s rating their performance.

In his latest video he races Olympic rower James Cracknell along the Boat Race course on the River Great Ouse, before the race starts, to show viewers what the unfamiliar course is like. While James is rowing effortlessly and describing the openness of the course, Andrew is running along the path alongside and trying to keep the dogs focused on the job in hand. He fails. They lose, and it’s all Olive’s fault.

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