XMAS WATCH: Olympics 2012 – 50 Greatest Moments on BBC Three

BBC Three presents a fun, irreverent and uplifting countdown of the 50 greatest moments from the unforgettable and historic London 2012 Olympic Games on Monday, December 17, at 8.30pm.

Gabby Logan and Radio 1 presenter Greg James present the two-hour special, featuring contributions from those who made the headlines at this summer’s extravaganza, including gold medallists Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Mo Farah, as well as diving star Tom Daley.

Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments will relive all the spectacular events, as well as some of the light-hearted ones, from the biggest sporting spectacle in our lifetime.

With so many golden moments from this summer’s Games there are plenty to choose from in the countdown of the top 50, including ‘Super Saturday’ when Team GB won three gold medals in 45 glorious minutes inside the Olympic Stadium.

As well as focussing on the sport, the programme will also look back at some of the lighter moments of the Games.

There was Her Majesty the Queen’s show-stopping role in the opening ceremony and German diver Stephan Feck’s painful backflop in the Aquatic Centre.

It was the summer when everybody was doing the Mobot or growing their sideburns Wiggo-style.

Sports fans will remember where they were when Andy Murray won gold at Wimbledon or when proud dad Bert le Clos became a star live on BBC TV during his emotional interview with Clare Balding.

The show also features input from celebrities who were mesmerised by the Games, including Jimmy Carr, Reggie Yates, Gary Lineker, Cherry Healey and Mel C.

With 50 spectacular highlights selected, what will come out on top as the greatest moment of London 2012?

Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments will be repeated in high-definition on BBC HD on Wednesday, December 18 at 8pm.

The programme will also be available to watch on-demand via the BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after transmission.

Olympics fans can reminiscence further on the glorious summer of sport in a further showing of some of the Games’ great moments on the afternoon of Saturday, December 29, with three special programmes on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Narrated by Eddie Butler, Olympics 2012: A Golden Games, which was broadcast in the build-up to closing ceremony, looks back at all the great moments that captured the imagination during the two weeks of the Games.

It also captures the stories that dominated the headlines and the achievements of the sportsmen and sportswomen who earned a place in the annals of Olympic history.

Following that, a new programme – Olympics 2012: Through The Lens – presents an alternative look at the London Olympics, as members of the BBC Sport team which covered the Games recall their most memorable moments of a golden summer.

With unseen behind-the-scenes footage, Steve Cram, Hazel Irvine and many other names and faces from the BBC on-screen team reveal what it was like to cover not just the biggest sporting event of the year but of their entire lifetimes.

Then at 6.45pm, Superstars returns to BBC One as Gabby Logan, Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas present the spectacle of 16 of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes competing against their Team GB teammates in a competition to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars.

The athletes’ versatility and determination will be pushed to the max as they participate in eight different disciplines – the 100m and 800m on the track, the javelin, a 50m swim, archery, kayaking, a cycling hill climb and a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event – the gym tests.

The full line-up of competitors is: Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz, Michael Jamieson, Anthony Joshua, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Wilson, Nicola Adams, Lizzie Armitstead, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Gemma Gibbons, Helen Glover, Katherine Grainger, Jade Jones and Christine Ohuruogu.


Monday 17th December
8.30pm-10.30pm – BBC Three
High-Definition Showing: Wednesday, December 19 – 8.00pm-10.00pm – BBC HD
Saturday 29th December
2.00pm-3.00pm – BBC One
3.00pm-3.30pm – BBC One
6.45pm-8.15pm – BBC One
Repeat: 7.00pm-8.30pm (Mon 31 Dec) – BBC Three
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