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: Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games

In the Stadium at Wembley by H.M. The King.
Preceded by the march-past of the athletes of the sixty-two countries competing in the Games.

Following the opening ceremony viewers see the arrival of the Olympic Torch, the lighting of the Olympic Flame, and the taking of the Olympic Oath by the athletes.

Note: Times of Olympic programmes may be varied slightly according to the progress of the Games. Announcements will be made at the end of each evening's programme giving details for the following day
(to 17.05)


Opening Ceremony commentator: Richard Dimbleby
Opening Ceremony commentator: Michael Henderson
Athletics commentator: Jack Crump
Athletics commentator: Roy Moor
Athletics commentator: Pat Lansberg
Athletics commentator: Ian-Orr-Ewing
Swimming commentator: Fred Milton
Swimming commentator: John Webb

Blog posts that mention this programme:

Coming to You Live - The Origins of Outside Broadcast Television 16 August 2020
Radio Times in the 1940s - War and Peace 8 December 2018
Radio Times in the 1940s - War and Peace 8 December 2018
On This Day, 1948: the opening of the first televised Olympics 29 July 2015

: The Olympic Games: Swimming

Viewers are taken to the Empire Pool to see some of the opening events in the swimming and water polo contests.

: The Long Mirror

A play by J.B. Priestley.
(For cast: see Sunday at 8.30)
(Second performance)


Author: J.B. Priestley
Producer: Harold Clayton

: News

(sound only)
(to 22.30)

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