10 highlights from BBC's Commonwealth boss

Man in Thank You Scotland shirt The Scottish team donned special shirts for Sunday's closing ceremony

As Glasgow clears up after its Commonwealth Games, Ariel asked the BBC's tired but happy head of coverage Bruce Malcolm for his highlights from a memorable few weeks.

1. Beautiful views

Hazel Irvine in studio with Hydro and Armadillo behind her The BBC One studio showcased Glasgow's Clydeside views

Our studios at Pacific Quay and seeing the BBC One Mavisbank studio on air for the first time was very special.

It had a beautiful, clean design and a stunning, iconic view of modern Glasgow taking in the River Clyde, the Armadillo, Hydro and Finnieston Crane. It was absolutely amazing to look at.

Secondly, Clare Balding and Mark Chapman hitting exactly the right note from our PQ reception on the highlights show Tonight at the Games.

2. Electric Glasgow

I would say this as a Glaswegian but the city's welcome to the Commonwealth made me feel proud. I thought Glasgow and the venues looked absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere across the city has been electric with packed venues and huge support for all 17 sports.

3. One BBC

Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and producer Matt Fincham on the big wheel Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and producer Matt Fincham have fun at the PQ fair
Ken Bruce in a deckchair Radio 2 favourite Ken Bruce enjoyed the sunshine in his native Glasgow
Chris Hoy waves next to Victoria Derbyshire Victoria Derbyshire welcomed Sir Chris Hoy as part of Radio 5 live's coverage
The One Show hosts and guests in Glasgow broadcast The One Show also came live from Glasgow
Fred Macaulay against River Clyde backdrop Radio Scotland's Fred Macaulay broadcasted live from a paddle steamer on Friday
Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill mock up a boxing fight outside PQ Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill from Scottish comedy Still Game box not so clever

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Bruce Malcolm

When the BBC wants to do something big and everyone gets behind it, we just do a fantastic job”

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When the BBC wants to do something big and everyone gets behind it, we just do a fantastic job and it's as simple as that.

At Pacific Quay, we welcomed colleagues from across the BBC including Network Sport, Network News, Nations and Regions and all radio networks.

We all worked really, really well together. They were a joy to work with from beginning to end. They were positive, enthusiastic, ambitious and I don't think we couldn't have done it better!

I think it was the first time ever we used this PQ building as a broadcast centre for a major sporting event so this building was tested to full capacity and I think it passed with flying colours. But a lot of that was due to the planning, efforts and professionalism of all the different people we hosted.

4. Quayside fun

More than 160,000 visitors attended our pop-up festival BBC at the Quay, where they were entertained by music, kids' shows, talks and other events. A personal highlight for me was the arrival of a flotilla of 250 boats and crew on a beautiful sunny Saturday.

5. Para-athletics emotion

When Erraid Davies, a 13-year-old swimmer from Shetland, won bronze in the para-sports 100m breaststroke, it emphasised early on how right it was to integrate para-sports within the Games. The loudest cheers and best stories have often been about the para-athletes.

6. He can't believe it

We got a glimpse of how successful the Games were going to be after Ross Murdoch's look of disbelief immediately after winning gold in 200m breaststroke, when he set a new Games record.

7. Globe-trotting spectacular

Mark Beaumont and a small team of three travelled through all 71 nations and territories in an epic journey for the Queen's Baton Relay. They told amazing stories from places rarely visited by the BBC. Particular favourites for me were the smaller South Pacific Islands and their sporting specialities: Nauru for weightlifting, Tonga for boxing and Norfolk Island for bowls!

8. Sporting exposure

I now know that the tactics involved in weightlifting are a bit like a game of poker and how a hockey penalty shoot-out works. It's been really brilliant to see these less popular sports get the exposure they deserve.

9. Lightning Bolt goes on the charm offensive

Usain Bolt's appearance at Hampden Park, with tartan bonnets and dancing to the Proclaimers, all played a part in the [relay] performance.

10. Cute wee terriers

Hamish the Dog in a red coat with the word Scotland on it Hamish was one of 40 terriers leading out the teams at Celtic Park

The little touches, particularly with the Scottie dogs and Tunnock's tea cakes, at the opening ceremony!


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