Winter Olympics: When to watch the Winter Games

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The XVIIIth Winter Olympics begin with the opening ceremony in the early hours of tomorrow morning and end a fortnight on Sunday.

With Japan nine hours ahead of Britain, most of the outdoor events will take place in the early hours of the morning British time. The indoor events will generally start in the afternoon and evening locally. Most figure skating sessions, for example, start at 7pm (10am British time).

BBC television coverage will generally start around midnight during the first week in order to bring live coverage of the alpine skiing events. However, there will be little late-night live coverage in the second week.

In midweek the BBC will broadcast a one-hour breakfast time programme starting at 7.45, followed by a two-hour lunchtime programme generally beginning at 12.30. Full highlights will usually be broadcast in an evening programme from 19.00-20.30. Coverage will be more extensive at the weekend. Eurosport, meanwhile, will have 24-hour coverage.

Saturday's timetable

(Times in GMT)

Opening ceremony: 02.00

Ice hockey: Italy v Kazakstan 07.00; Austria v Slovakia 07.00; Germany v Japan 11.00; France v Belarus 11.00.

TV Times

Tonight: BBC2: 18.00-1845 Preview (repeated 00.05-00.50). BBC1: 01.55- 04.00 opening ceremony. Eurosport: 2am-2am.

Tomorrow: BBC2: Opening ceremony highlights 16.25-17.15. Eurosport: 2am- 2am.