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Legacy of London 2012

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 August 2012

It's been a two week-long festival of sporting excellence that has captivated the world: there's been spectacle, drama and the inevitable controversies. But what might be the legacy of the London Olympic Games, for the UK capital and its people, for Britain as a whole and for international sports events of the future?

Bridget Kendall is joined by distinguished sports commentator Mihir Bose, Australian Professor Malcolm Gillies, social deprivation researcher Faiza Shaheen and financial journalist Anthony Hilton.

Illustration by Laura Morris.


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  • Mihir Bose

    Mihir Bose

    Mihir Bose has covered top sport for decades, writing for leading UK newspapers and is a former BBC Sports Editor. He has also written 22 books on a range of subjects, including A History of Indian Cricket, the first book by an Indian writer to win the prestigious Cricket Society Literary Award. So for him, is London 2012 a unique sporting event?

  • Malcolm Gillies

    Malcolm Gillies

    Musicologist and Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, Malcolm Gillies experienced the fervour of the Sydney 2000 Olympics in his native country. So he is in a good position to comment on the long-term effects which hosting the Olympics has on a major city. And, several higher education institutions plan to move to London's Olympic park but can the move-east momentum in the UK’s capital be sustained once the Games are over?

  • Faiza Shaheen

    Faiza Shaheen

    Faiza Shaheen grew up less than five miles from the Olympic stadium in East London and social deprivation in the area is one of the subjects of her research. So how have the 2012 Games been received among the local community? And as all the new facilities and housing in the area inevitably push up costs, could this exacerbate the social tensions in the Olympic boroughs?

  • Anthony Hilton

    Anthony Hilton

    Anthony Hilton is the financial editor at the London Evening Standard and a successful businessman who was involved with the launch of several magazine and publishing companies. He is hopeful that the multi-billion cash injection in East London's infrastructure will eventually bring benefits beyond the construction industry. The boost to British national self-esteem generated by the success of the Olympics is also extremely welcome but how long will it last?


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