TV gold: Your guide to Frantic Friday
Armchair fans rejoice! It's the busiest day of the Games. Grab your remote and get ready...
Adam Sherwin is Media Correspondent at The Independent and an award-winning writer who specialises in covering the entertainment, broadcasting, music and popular culture industries. Previously Media writer and diarist at The Times, he was a co-founder of the Beehive City media and entertainment website. As regular contributor to BBC London 94.9 Radio station, he was named Music Business writer of the year at the awards of influential music industry site Record of the Day in 2006.
Friday 03 August 2012
Get ready for "frantic Friday", the busiest day of the Games, with 24 of the 26 sports in action – that's 141 heats, finals, sculls and repechages all competing for your viewing attention. In previous years, the omnivorous sports fan might have despaired, but not in the brave new digital world. With judicious use of the BBC's multi-channel streams, a mobile screen and a tablet – and perhaps a carefully-prepared selection of TV snacks – Olympic addicts need not miss a thing.
The day begins with Jessica Ennis launching her heptathlon challenge in the Olympic Stadium. The challenge here will be to keep one eye on Ennis' shot-put feats, while the women's GB football team battles Canada for a place in the semi-final and Rebecca Adlington goes for 800m swimming glory. Others will be engrossed by the GB women's basketball team completing their group games against France and the Velodrome exploits of Team GB's cyclists. With so much Team GB activity to cover, the BBC will show uninterrupted live tennis coverage, including Andy Murray's tennis semi-final clash, at Wimbledon on "HD Stream 2" between midday and 8pm. Women's judo will run on stream 5 from 9.20am to 12.45pm. The equestrian team dressage event at Greenwich has been allocated Stream 22 from 10.55am until 3.40pm.
But the digitally-enabled can flick between 24 live streams, found behind the Red Button, which provide uninterrupted feeds from every event and have allowed the curious to sample events considered "minority sports". The channels are also available on satellite, Freeview, cable and online. Roger Mosey, the BBC's Director of London 2012, has invited viewers to "make your own Olympic channel" on frantic Friday. The Independent's minute-by-minute guide should allow you to do just that – if, of course, you don't have the inconvenience of work to do.
BBC One 0600-0900
Build up to the day with Sian Williams and Chris Hollins
BBC One 0900-1120
Archery final day
09:00 Men's individual 1/8 eliminations
Athletics: Jessica Ennis begins heptathlon challenge
10:00 Men's shot put qualifying round
10:05 Women's heptathlon 100m hurdles
10:25 Women's triple jump qualification round
10:40 Women's 100m preliminary round
BBC Three 1900-2300
19:00 Continuation of women's heptathlon shot put
19:05 Women's 100m heats round 1
20:10 Penultimate night of action from the Aquatics Centre
20:21 Women's 50m freestyle semi final
19:30 Women's quarter final Great Britain vs Canada
BBC Two 2200-2240
Gary Lineker presents more action on a packed night at the Games.
BBC One 2240-0000
Gabby Logan looks back at the memorable moments while boxing, hockey, women's volleyball and beach volleyball continue until midnight.
BBC One 0015-0100
Dan Walker looks at the key events and stories at the end of the busiest day.
Highlight BBC1 10am
It's hard to escape Jessica Ennis, the poster girl for the Olympic stadium, but finally it's time for her to compete. The heptathlon opens with the 100m hurdles at 10.05am before moving to BBC3.
BBC Three 0900-1300
More swimming heats and action from the Olympic Stadium as British world champion Dai Greene features in the heats of the men's 400m hurdles.
10:00 Women's 50m freestyle heats
10:27 Men's 1500m freestyle heats
12:06 Women's 4x100m medley relay heats
12:28 Men's 4x100m medley relay heats
11:15 Men's 400m hurdles round 1 heats
11:15 Women's heptathlon high jump
12:00 Women's 400m round 1 heats
BBC One 1120-1300
A huge morning for British rowing as Katherine Grainger attempts to add gold in the women's double sculls with Anna Watkins to the three successive silvers she's won at past Games.
11:30 Men's quadruple sculls final
11:50 Men's pair final
12:10 Women's double sculls final
12:30 Men's single sculls final
BBC Two 1300-1345
More athletics on the first day of competition
13:00 Men's 3000m steeplechase round 1 heats
BBC One 1345-1600
The men's and women's singles semi-finals are played at Wimbledon.
BBC Three 1300-1900
13:00 The final preliminary races in the Finn and Star classes
14:00 Men's individual quarter-final
14:52 Men's individual semi-final
15:21 Men's individual bronze medal match
15:37 Men's individual gold medal match
16:00 Men's preliminary GB v South Africa
17:00 Women's quarter-final 4
BBC One 1600-1800
Presenter Sue Barker with Jake Humphrey
Two gold medals at stake at the Velodrome, including the men's team pursuit which Team GB won in Beijing. Victoria Pendleton is the reigning world champion in the women's keirin.
16:00 Women's keirin first round
16:15 Men's team pursuit first round
16:45 Women's keirin first round repechages
17:00 Women's team pursuit qualifying
17:45 Women's keirin second round
BBC Two 1800-1900
The climax of the night's cycling with two golds to be won.
1755 Men's team pursuit finals
1835 Women's keirin finals
BBC One 1900-2200
A big night in prospect with athletics (Ennis), swimming (Rebecca Adlington) and Team GB's womens's football team all fighting for attention.
19:30 Women's 200m backstroke final
19:38 Men's 100m butterfly final
19:45 Women's 800m freestyle final
20:09 Men's 50m freestyle final
20:05 Men's 1500m round 1 heats
20:30 Men's shot put final
20:45 Women's heptathlon 200m heats
21:25 Women's 10,000m final
Highlight BBC1 4pm
British hope Victoria Pendleton resumes her rivalry with Australian Anna Meares in the keirin, the mad scramble sprint in which riders follow a pacer motorbike. Pendleton is a world champion in the event but Meares is the slight favourite.
Highlight BBC3 7.30pm
A sell-out crowd awaits Team GB in Coventry for their quarter-final football clash with Canada. Can Steph Houghton repeat her scoring feat after her stunning strike guided GB to a shock 1-0 win over Brazil?
Highlight BBC1 7.45pm
There's little more she could do to endear herself to the nation but should Rebecca Adlington regain her Olympic crown in the 800m freestyle it should ensure a Damehood. Adlington says: "I'm going to give it my all in the final."
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