XMAS WATCH: BBC to replay the best sporting moments of 2012

The BBC will celebrate this extraordinary year of sport by replaying a selection of the defining sporting moments of 2012 on the Red Button over the festive period.

BBC Sport has captured the majority of the main headlines and compelling stories that have absorbed millions across the nation throughout this vintage year, including the Six Nations, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and Formula 1, with the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games taking centre stage for 17 glorious days in the summer.

You can relive all these memorable sporting moments via the BBC Red Button over Christmas by the red button on TV, or online via desktop computers, connected TV, tablet and mobile devices.

In addition, there will be a replay of the BBC’s review of the London 2012 Olympics – ‘A Golden Games’ narrated by Eddie Butler – on the afternoon of Saturday, December 29 on BBC One, as well as a new programme ‘Olympics 2012: Through The Lens’.

On the same afternoon, the BBC Formula 1 team will also look back on an eventful 20-race season with their 2012 review at 1pm.

Full details of the Red Button schedule below:

Tuesday 18th December – 3.00pm
Repeat: Christmas Day – 5.15pm & 11.30pm

Where better to start than by reliving the evening dubbed “Super Saturday” at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In front of 80,000 people inside the Olympic Stadium, Team GB won three gold medals in a magical 45 minutes thanks to Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

Across the Olympic Park, Michael Phelps swam in his final Olympic race to round off a record-breaking career.

Tuesday 18th December – 5.30pm
Repeats: Christmas Day – 7.45pm | Boxing Day – 2am

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and compatriot Yohan Blake battled for the title of world’s fastest man on the ninth evening of the London Olympic Games, racing in the final of the men’s 100m.

On the same night, Team GB’s Christine Ohuruogu fell just short in her quest to retain her 400m title, claiming silver behind Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States.

Wednesday 19th December – 11.00am
Repeats: Weds 19th Dec – 7.30pm | Weds 28th Dec – 12.30am

Roger Federer broke British hearts by defeating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon men’s singles final.

Murray had become the first British man to make the final since Bunny Austin in 1938, but the 25-year-old could not overcome Federer, losing in four sets as the Swiss claimed a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title.

Wednesday 19th December – 10.30pm
Repeat: Thur 20th Dec – 11.00am

Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title by overcoming a determined effort from Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

Williams later followed up her singles success to also claim the women’s doubles title with big sister Venus.

Friday 21st December – 2.00pm
Repeats: Christmas Day – 9.45pm | Boxing Day – 4.00am

Team GB took their track cycling medal haul to seven on the final night of action at the Olympic Velodrome, matching their tally from Beijing 2008.

Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the keirin to become Britain’s most decorated Olympian, while Victoria Pendleton retired with a silver medal and Laura Trott claimed her second gold in her first Olympic Games.

Friday 21st December – 3.45pm
Repeats: Sun 30th Dec – 7.00pm | New Year’s Eve – 5.45pm

A historic session in London’s ExCeL as Nicola Adams became the first female boxer to win a gold medal.

She was closely followed by Ireland’s Katie Taylor, who claimed her country’s only gold of the Games, amid a raucous atmosphere inside the packed arena.

Friday 21st December – 5.15pm
Repeats: Boxing Day – 8pm | Thur 27th Dec – 2.15am 

Back in March, Wales won the Triple Crown with nail-biting victory over England at Twickenham in front of a crowd of 81,598.

England had an opportunity to win the game in the dying seconds, only for David Strettle’s try to be ruled out by the video referee.

Sunday 23rd December – 1.00pm
Repeats: Christmas Eve – 3.00am | Boxing Day – 9.45pm 

The dramatic climax to the 2012 Formula 1 season where Sebastian Vettel fought his way through the field to claim the World Championship after a first-lap collision left him in last place.

The Red Bull driver made his way up to sixth to claim a third successive title, beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by just three points.

Sunday 23rd December – 3.30pm
Repeats: Christmas Eve – 12.30am | Fri 28 Dec – 8.30pm

Britain’s Andy Murray avenged his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer with an emphatic straight-sets victory to claim Olympic gold.

Murray became the first British man to win the Olympic singles since Josiah Ritchie in 1908, with the emotional win spurring him on to claim a first Grand Slam title at the US Open the following month.

Later that day, Murray won a silver medal with partner Laura Robson in the mixed doubles final, losing to Belarussian pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.

Boxing Day – 6.00pm
Repeats: Thu 27 Dec – 12.15am | Sun 30 Dec – 4.00pm

Reigning champions and favourites Spain comfortably beat Italy 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Spain became the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first international team to win three straight major tournament titles.

England were knocked out on penalties by the Italians in the quarter-finals following a 0-0 draw after normal time in Kiev.

Thursday 27th December – 7.00pm
Repeat: New Year’s Eve – 4.00pm

Tom Daley’s 10-metre platform diving final began in dramatic fashion.

A large number of camera flashes caused him to dive poorly in his first attempt, prompting a protest over the situation to the referee.

Daley then made a successful re-dive and thrilled the nation by winning the bronze medal in a hotly contested final, with gold going to David Boudia of the United States.


NOTE: Due to rights restrictions the BBC is unable to replay Europe’s stunning Ryder Cup victory over the United States in Medinah.


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