Ten things from this week

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This is the first in a regular series of posts rounding-up news, blogs and videos from about the BBC over the past week, looking back on past events and highlighting forthcoming output.


1. Olympics Wrap-Up


At the beginning of the week, the Media Centre website released viewing figures from across the BBC's Olympics coverage, confirming the Games as the biggest national TV event ever. Read more here.

The BBC Internet Blog ran a series of wrap-up posts post-Olympics output. Head of Product for BBC Sport and London 2012 Cait O' Riordan includes statistics for online and red button streams. Senior Technical Architect Matthew Clark wrote about the technical strategy he and his team adopted to produce the wealth of digital Olympics products the BBC offered, and Head of Core Services Marina Kalkanis revealed how audio and video streams were maintained during the sixteen days of the Games.

Over on the BBC Sport Editors' blog, Ben Gallop explains how post-Olympics, what the next steps are for BBC Sport online.


2. New series of Our War on BBC Three


Our War returns for a second series on BBC Three on Monday 20 August at 9.00pm. Executive Producer Colin Barr explained how the programme was made in a special interview for the About the BBC Blog.


3. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts 4'33" of 'silence'


Special measures (pictured above) were put in place to stop the Radio 3's emergency automatic playback for a late night performance of John Cage's 4'33" silence, part of the 2012 BBC Proms season. Listen to the entire concert via the BBC Proms website. The season runs until Saturday 8 September.

4. Radio 1 Xtra's 10th Birthday


Radio 1Xtra started ten years ago this week. The BBC Radio blog shared a series of birthday messages. The station celebrated with a special playlist. Jem Stone from Audio and Music Interactive, pulled together tweets, pictures and video from the day in a special Storify.

5. Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks premiere at the BFI


The new series of Doctor Who starts soon on BBC One and BBC HD. Executive Producer Caro Skinner took over the Doctor Who Twitter account on the day of the premiere of the first story Asylum of the Daleks, and she kept a tight grip on the tape. Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the premiere below.

Earlier in the week BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon questioned executive producer Steven Moffat about the possibility of multiple Doctors appearing in the 50th anniversary drama written by Mark Gatiss planned for next year.

6. Grab your pinny


Sue, Mel, Mary and the Silver Fox returned to our screens with the third series of Great British Bake Off.

Cookery writer Mary Berry's recent appearance on Desert Island Discs is available via the programme's online archive.

7. Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Live


Edinburgh Fringe and BBC Three are hosting a mammoth night of live comedy via Red Button on Friday 17 August featuring more than 40 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival acts. More information on the BBC Media Centre website.

8. A change for Radio 1 Breakfast Show jingles


Ahead of Nick Grimshaw's new breakfast show starting on 24 September, information emerged about Radio 1's new direction for breakfast show jingles. Former Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn talked to Today's Sarah Montague about it, reminding listeners about Radio 2's new package of jingles.

9. The Best Of Men


The inspiring story of how Dr Guttmann's work rehabilitating World War II soldiers that led to the creation of the Paralympics. Cast member David Proud shares his experience of acting in the drama on the BBC TV blog. Scriptwriter Lucy Gannon throws light on the writing process on the BBC Writersroom blog.

10. Time-lapse video from the Olympic Park


Finally, take two and a half minutes to watch Duncan McLean's beautiful time-lapse video shot during the Olympics featuring behind the scenes shots of the BBC's Olympic studio in Stratford. Thanks to BBC 2012 producer Imelda Flattery for the heads up.

Jon Jacob is Editor of the About the BBC Blog.

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