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BBC to revisit Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 in Olympics Rewind


In the absence of this summer’s postponed Olympics in Tokyo, Olympics Rewind will allow fans to relive Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Barbara Slater

  • Highlights from Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 brought to audiences
  • Olympics programming to run daily between Tuesday 14 - Saturday 25 July
  • Weekend of London 2012 highlights, including programmes dedicated to the Torch Relay and Opening Ceremony
  • A special one-off, Britain’s Greatest Olympic Moments, will close the schedule on Saturday 25 July

In the absence of the cancelled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, BBC Sport will bring fans highlights of some of the best games of recent times with 12 days of dedicated Olympics programming this month.

From 14 July, Olympics Rewind will take a look back at some of the greatest moments from the last three Olympics games. The daily highlights shows will revisit opening and closing ceremonies, incredible sporting feats and the best of Britain’s Olympic achievements.

Usain Bolt’s stunning 100m and 200m world records and multiple British gold medals for the likes of Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy will feature in Olympics Rewind: Beijing 2008, narrated by Sue Barker, which kicks the programming off running from 14-16 July (3pm each day, BBC Two).

Airing over the weekend of 18-19 July and presented by Sue Barker, Olympics Rewind: London 2012 looks back at the standout moments from one of the most memorable events in British sporting history. From the six gold medals of an incredible Super Saturday, including the triple athletics triumph of Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, to Andy Murray beating Federer to win tennis gold, the weekend’s BBC One offering will make up over seven hours of highlights. Both airing on BBC One, Saturday 18 July’s highlights will run from 1.15-4.40pm, whilst Sunday’s show airs between 2-6pm.

London 2012 sporting action is preluded by shows dedicated to the 2012 Torch Relay (17 July, 3pm, BBC Two) and Opening Ceremony (17 July 10.35pm, BBC One). A special Director’s cut, London 2012 - The Opening Ceremony features extended highlights from Danny Boyle’s extraordinary opening ceremony. With unforgettable moments like Her Majesty parachuting into the stadium with James Bond and Mr Bean’s live performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, this Friday night offering should make for nostalgic, uplifting viewing.

Then running daily from 20 - 24 July, Dan Walker brings us Olympics Rewind: Rio 2016. The highlights from 2016’s Rio Olympics - Britain’s most successful Games since 1908, with an amazing 67 medals - includes gold for the likes of Adam Peaty, Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Helen Glover, Max Whitlock, Nicola Adams and many more.

Closing the schedule in celebratory fashion, Britain’s Greatest Olympic Moments will air on Saturday 25 July (1.15pm, BBC One). Presented by Clare Balding and Gabby Logan, the programme will countdown a top 25 of British Olympic moments from the summer games. The BBC Sport website will also invite the public to have their say on their own favourite Olympic moments with a vote to decide who comes out on top. Will the public agree with our expert panel?

Throughout the 12 days of programming, viewers will also be able to watch along and re-live some key moments from Beijing, London and Rio through the eyes of some of our greatest Olympians. Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Max Whitlock, the 2016 Team GB women’s hockey gold medallists and more yet to be announced British athletes will feature within our “Olympic Secrets” shows on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button, as well as a special programme bringing together Olympic 400m legends Michael Johnson and Wayde van Niekerk.

Director of Sport, Barbara Slater says: “In the absence of this summer’s postponed Olympics in Tokyo, Olympics Rewind will allow fans to relive Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Forming a fortnight of entertainment and nostalgia, the programming will look back on incredible accomplishments, record breaking performances and huge British gold medal hauls from each Olympic Games.”

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