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Duration: 30 minutes

John Inverdale and Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams present a live programme celebrating the arrival of the Olympic flame in Bristol. Against the backdrop of a public event at Bristol's harbourside amphitheatre, John and Amy report live on the finale of a day that will have seen the flame travel from Taunton, through Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath to Bristol.

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  • History of the Olympic flame

    History of the Olympic flame

    * The flame dates back to the ancient games. Each games would begin with the lighting of the flame.

    * Once lit the flame was taken around ancient Greece. It signalled a truce and peace in any on-going conflicts for the period of the games.

    * The flame is still lit in a similar manner. A parabolic mirror reflects the rays of the sun on to the torch.

    * The ceremony takes place at Olympia, the site of the ancient games. It takes place on the alter of the goddess Hera.

    * The flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.

    * The flame was first re-introduced to the modern games in 1928.

    * The Olympic Torch Relay dates from the 1936 Berlin Games. The flame is lit in a precise ritual in Olympia in Greece. Subsequently, it makes a short journey around Greece before being passed into the hands of the host city.

    * Runners called ‘torchbearers’ pass the flame on until it reaches the cauldron at the host’s main Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony.

    * The Olympic flame burns until the end of the Games.

    BBC News: Torch Relay 2012
  • Feature: Olympic torch design

    Feature: Olympic torch design

    Although harking back to ancient times, the Olympic torch relay is a modern phenomenon which began in 1936.

    For each Olympic Games, a new torch is designed to carry the flame on a journey to the host city.

    Read an article about the history of the torch designs on the BBC website below...

    BBC News: Torch designs
  • Torch locations in the West

    Torch locations in the West

    The London 2012 Olympic torch relay begins on 19 May 2012 at Land's End and ends 70 days later on 27 July at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium.

    Explore the map of the west of England to find out where the torch is going on a feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: London 2012: Torch relay heading for 1,000 places
  • Feature: What is the Olympic torch relay?

    Feature: What is the Olympic torch relay?

    From 19 May 2012, the Olympic torch relay will tour the UK in the run-up to the London Games - taking 70 days, carried by 8,000 torchbearers.

    Organisers say 95% of the country's population should be within one hour of the route, which ends on 27 July with the lighting of the cauldron during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, Stratford.

    Read the full feature about the torch on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: London 2012: What is the Olympic torch relay?
  • Torch route through greater Bristol area

    Torch route through greater Bristol area

    The Olympic torch relay will pass Bath's historic Royal Crescent en route to the opening ceremony of London 2012.

    It will pass the Georgian landmark on 22 May as the flame travels between Taunton and Bristol.

    After an overnight stop in Bristol it passes through Flax Bourton, Nailsea and Failand before heading back to the city over Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    The journey through the Bristol area is part of a 70-day tour across the UK.

    Read the full feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Torch route through greater Bristol area revealed
  • Fact file: Olympic torch

    Fact file: Olympic torch

    Designed by Barber Osgerby.

    It is made of an aluminium alloy
    8,000 holes in two layers.

    Contains propane-butane burner
    80cm tall, 10cm wide at top, 4.5cm wide at base.

    The torch is coated in gold or titanium nitride.

    8,000 to be made in UK.

    The torch will flame from the crown and sides of its top.

    Source: BBC News

Credits

Presenter
John Inverdale
Presenter
Amy Williams
Producer
Alex Baxter
Executive Producer
Neil Bennett

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