Olympics 2012: What would you do?
The opening ceremony for the 2010 Commonwealth Games didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Holding my attention for three hours was always going to be a tall order. Even so, I did give it a go.
I wanted to be ‘wowed’. I wanted to see things I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to be swept away. I wanted to be persuaded to watch 11 days of sports events I never dreamt I’d ever be interested in.
We ended up watching Horizon on Sky+ interspersed with momentary visits to the stadium in Dehli to see where we were in the speeches and athletes parade. Then we watched the rerun of Damages on BBC HD. That was the extent of the pull of the Commonwealth Games. To be frank, I don’t care. I fully appreciate that some people might.
That’s what got me thinking. With our big night approaching in 2012, how will London and the wider United Kingdom (or will we refer to ourselves as Great Britain in 2012?) be represented? Will we recognise the host country represented in the opening ceremony or will we feel as confused as the rest of the world when we observe the proceedings?
Don’t underestimate how tough a tough a job it is. Three hours of live television. Hold the world’s attention with a stadium-scaled performance which looks breathtaking, says something unique and makes a statement. We won’t get another chance for a long time. It could be the making of you. It could even be the end of your career. No one wants another Millennium Eve at The Dome. That’s some television programme to have to mount. And that’s before anyone’s stood up and said anything approximating a speech.
So. Just suppose you had the chance to plan the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. What would you do?