Features celebrity personalities reading through the safety procedures for flying BA and encouraging people to donate to Comic Relief by putting loose change in any currency into the Flying Start envelope.
The sequences of this ceremony include: a BBC ident showing the journey of the River Thames ('Countdown'), the English countryside ('Green and Pleasant Land'), the Industrial Revolution ('Pandemonium'), the Queen and James Bond ('Happy and Glorious'), the NHS and British literature ('Second to the Right and Straight On Til Morning'), Chariots of Fire ('Interlude'), British music and the digital age ('Thanks Tim'), a tribute to the fallen ('Abide with Me'), music by the Arctic Monkeys and Paul McCartney ('Bike a.m.') and as customary, the parade of athletes ('Let the Games Begin') and lighting of the cauldron ('There is a Light that Never Goes Out'). See more »
An iconic national moment and one that reinvents Olympic Opening Ceremonies
Just as Los Angeles in 1984 invented the Olympic Opening Ceremony, then Danny Boyle's London 2012 reinvented it in so many ways. The first to have an all-star cast (Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Craig, Mike Oldfield, JK Rowling, Rowan Atkinson, Dizzy Rascal, Tim Berners Lee, the Arctic Monkeys, David Beckham, Paul MaCartney). The first to have filmed sequences (the thrilling opening journey up the Thames, James Bond meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Bean dreams he's in Chariots of Fire, David Beckham delivers the Olympic torch by speedboat). The first to tell a story (the industrial revolution, the founding of the NHS, the digital revolution).
Like the Coronation in 1953, the World Cup Final in 1966, Live Aid in 1985 and Diana's funeral in 1997, it is one of those iconic British national moments that's likely to be remembered for decades to come.
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