Friday 29 Aug 2014
Sue Barker introduces live coverage of the Opening Ceremony from Delhi's 60,000-seater Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as the 19th Commonwealth Games gets under way in spectacular style. Athletes from 71 nations across the globe will be taking part in these Games over the next 11 days and, with India playing host for the first time, it promises to be a spectacular and colourful curtain-raiser to the competition proper.
One of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games is the Queen's Baton Relay, which began almost a year ago at Buckingham Palace and will have covered almost 120,000 miles and passed through many thousands of hands by the time its journey ends during the course of tonight's ceremony.
The commentators are Huw Edwards, Steve Cram and Tinku Ray.
Commonwealth Games 2010 – Opening Ceremony is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108. Digital viewers can access more live coverage of events via BBCi on the red button and broadband.
The year is 1966 and the football World Cup has come to England, in the second episode of the crime drama starring Martin Shaw as old-school detective Inspector George Gently, written by Jimmy Gardner.
With the USSR due to play at Roker Park and the fear of the "Reds under the bed" exemplified by the upcoming Polaris submarine landing at the nearby Jarrow docks, tensions are running high.
CND protestors, led by radical students from Durham University, are the last thing the police need when the world media is on their doorstep awaiting the upcoming football match.
Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of well-known left-wing academic Fraser Barratt, found dead in the docks after a CND rally which he had led with his colleague, lecturer Mallory Brown.
This takes them onto the Durham University campus – an ancient temple of learning struggling to come to terms with the varied influx of students from the working class to brash, radical academics. Here they meet university caretaker and ex-army officer Charles Hoxton as well as sexually forward-thinking students Elizabeth Higgs and Adriana Doyle.
Sexual and social rebellion is in the air and, to the young and optimistic, these forces seem inevitable and unstoppable. Bacchus is horrified yet fascinated by the promiscuity on display. Gently more shrewdly recognises that liberation is not always an unmixed blessing...
Martin Shaw plays George Gently, Lee Ingleby plays John Bacchus, Emun Elliott plays Fraser Barratt, Sarah Lancashire plays Mallory Brown, Warren Clarke plays Charles Hoxton, Kerrie Hayes plays Elizabeth Higgs and Myanna Buring plays Adriana Doyle.
Inspector George Gently is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Jennie Gow introduces round 14 of the MotoGP season, live from Motegi in Japan.
This race was originally scheduled for April, but because the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcanic eruption stopped international air travel, the race was postponed.
With only four rounds to go after this race, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo will be hoping to gain as many points as he can. He triumphed at the circuit last year and another victory this time round will see him edge closer to a maiden world title.
Steve Parrish and Charlie Cox provide the commentary.
Jill Douglas presents highlights of today's road cycling World Championships from Australia.
The men's road race saw the field compete over a 262.7km course from Melbourne to Geelong. Great Britain's team is only three strong, so David Millar and Jeremy Hunt will have their work cut out to assist Mark Cavendish in his bid for glory.
The 15-times Tour de France stage winner is aiming to become only the second Briton, after Tommy Simpson in 1965, to win this event. He faces stiff competition from last year's winner, Cadel Evans, and the Australian will be cheered on by a partisan home crowd.
Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman provide the commentary.
Tanya Arnold presents highlights of the Super League Grand Final.
A full house is expected at Old Trafford to see who will lift the trophy after another gruelling league season. Leeds Rhinos' unprecedented run of success has seen them emerge victorious in the last three years, beating St Helens on each occasion.
Last year's final was a thrilling affair, with Lee Smith's two tries proving to be just enough to see off the unlucky Saints. Wigan won the League Leaders' Shield for finishing top of the league in the regular season but, as St Helens know more than anyone, that's no guarantee of success when it comes to Grand Final glory.
Hazel Irvine presents highlights of the conclusion of the 38th Ryder Cup from the Celtic Manor course in south Wales.
A tense day was in store as Europe's captain Colin Montgomerie sent all 12 of his players out to go head-to-head with their American counterparts.
The USA crushed Europe in Valhalla two years ago, winning seven singles matches to secure a 16½ to 11½ victory. But the Europeans have not lost on home soil since 1993 and boast a side bang in form.
The likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer and Edoardo Molinari have all won events since the start of August and are favourites to win back the trophy.
Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Sam Torrance provide the commentary.
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's three Premier League games.
The early kick-off saw big-spending Manchester City host newly-promoted Newcastle United. The last time the two sides clashed in the Premier League saw City win 2-1 at home in 2008, but much has changed for both clubs since then.
The millions pumped into City have given them a squad to compare with any team in the Premier League. They will be confident of earning three points against a Newcastle side still settling back in the big time after a year in the Championship.
Another newly promoted club, Blackpool, will be licking their lips in anticipation of getting the chance to play against Liverpool at Anfield. They haven't played in front of the Kop since January 1971, when they managed a creditable 2-2 draw. Liverpool struggled against the so called "lesser teams" last season and will be keen to rectify that as they look to get back into the Champions League.
The day's third game is a mouth-watering clash between champions Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal. The Blues crushed the Gunners in both fixtures between the sides last season and won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in February. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must work out a way of dealing with Didier Drogba after the Chelsea striker scored four goals against his team last term.
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