Dr Mumbo

Get ready for a week of Ten getting excited about a former sportsman’s sexuality

Even in the hyperbole-driven world of television, Ten has been promoting its Ian Thorpe interview remarkably hard, albeit somewhat coyly. Here’s the latest:

“With less than a week to go until Ian Thorpe: The Parkinson Interview airs on TEN, watch the first promo from their highly-anticipated encounter.

“Shot this week in London, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE explores the private and sometimes troubled world of Ian Thorpe OAM. With no question off limits, the master interviewer examines the good times and the bad, the triumphs and the trauma that Ian has faced throughout his life.

“Ian Thorpe is Australia’s most decorated Olympian, one of Australia’s favourite sons and a sporting legend around the world.

“Affectionately known to many as Thorpedo, Ian broke 22 world records and won five gold, three silver and one bronze Olympic medals. He has also collected 11 World Championship titles, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine Pan Pacific titles.

“In a world exclusive, TEN will broadcast Ian Thorpe: The Parkinson Interview on Sunday, July 13, at 6.30pm.”

Given that Thorpe has answered the question that’s getting Ten so excited a number of times before, Dr Mumbo wonders what’s getting the network so hot under the collar.

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