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Olympics 2012 | The Opening Ceremony is today! + what to expect

Wherever you are, I just hope you have a fine evening and enjoy the Opening Ceremony (if you can watch it live, then awesome!). If not, why not throw a party and enjoy a couple of amazing meals with our friends in honour of the Olympics?


Receiving the Head of State

The Head of State of the Host Country is received at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium by the President of the IOC. For the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Her Majesty the Queen will be greeted by Jacques Rogge.

Parade of Athletes

A procession of the participating teams in the Stadium, nation by nation. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country, apart from the Greek team, which enters first for the Olympics, and the team of the Host Nation (in this case Team GB), who march in last.


Once all the nations have arrived into the Stadium, LOCOG Chair Seb Coe will give a speech, followed by Jacques Rogge. They will end their speeches by inviting the Head of State to officially declare the Games open.

Olympic Anthem and Flag

Once the Games have been declared open, the Olympic Flag is then carried into the Stadium and hoisted into the air as the respective Anthem is played. The Olympic Charter states that each flag must fly for the entire duration of the Games – placed in a prominent position in the main Stadium.


A participating athlete, judge and coach from the Host Nation stand on the rostrum and, holding a corner of the IOC flag in their left hand and raising their right, take the Oath, vowing to compete and judge according to the rules of their respective sport,.

The Torch and Cauldron

The big finale is the entrance of the Olympic Flame into the Stadium. It is passed through the athletes to the final Torchbearer, who will ceremoniously light the Cauldron, indicating the beginning of the Games. The Flame will continue to burn for the whole of the Games.

Creative team

A host of world-class British directors and producers are leading the artistic team to stage the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.


A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated audience of four billion.


News | Sherlock and Downton Abbey receive 29 Emmy nominations

This year’s Emmys could be a very big deal indeed for US network PBS’s two big British imports Sherlock and Downton Abbey, as the shows have received a total of 29 nominations from the prestigious annual American television awards this year.

Sherlock will contest 13 separate categories, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman up for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, respectively.

Along with a nomination in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, Sherlock is also recognised for its costuming, writing, directing, casting, cinematography, editing, music, sound mixing, sound editing, art direction and cinematography.

Downton is up for 14 different awards, not least the Outstanding Drama Series gong, while the show’s leads Hugh Bonneville and Michellle Dockery will compete for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series gongs.

Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt are also up for awards for their work on the show, vying for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series gong, while Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter find themselves in similar competition for best supporting actor.

The popular ITV period drama has also received nominations for everything from best writing and direction to Outstanding Hairstyling.

BBC series Luther is another British programme that’s earned a fair bit of stateside recognition and is also up for best writing, direction and miniseries, with star Idris Elba facing off against Cumberbatch in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries category.

And Armando Iannucci’s Veep will go up against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and 30 Rock for Oustanding Comedy Series, while its lead player Julia Louis-Dreyfus is up for best lead actress in a comedy series.

A full list of this year’s nominations is available at the Emmys website. The ceremony itself will be held on Sunday 23 September at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


Personal | I’ve been nominated for a ‘One Lovely Blog’ award!

Gosh, I am totally thrilled! Thank you so, so much, nerdmusing, I cannot even begin to express my happiness for fear of bursting open out of joy! I am very flattered. As the Queen put it so eloquently, it is a ‘humbling’ experience.

Here are the rules:

-Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

Done! Here’s the link:
-Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.

  1. I love photography and I regarding it as being by most ‘serious’ hobby – I am even thinking of taking a course on Photography (after I finish uni!)
  2. I have always felt, well… British. It’s as if I am, in fact, part of that great nation.
  3. I paint. I have several paintings of mine in my bedroom, including a pop art Beatles one.
  4. Last year, my musical obsession was HURTS (and Daggers).
  5. I own a gold record, John and Yoko’s ‘Just Like Starting Over’.
  6. I’ve been to the UK 4 times and I cannot get enough of it.
  7. My favourite food is, hands down, pasta. In any way, shape or form!

-Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.

I’m afraid I cannot nominate fifteen bloggers, but I’ll nominate these!:


I wish I were British
-Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

I sure will! x

Youtube | Andrew Scott winning his BAFTA!

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British Awards | Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith present Steven Moffat with his BAFTA

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British Awards | BAFTAS 2012 – Nominations

Lemme know in the comments who you are rooting for! I am going to let you know who I think should win.

8pm, BBC One


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Rolf Harris

More about Rolf Harris, 2012 BAFTA Fellow

Special Award

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Steven Moffat

More about Steven Moffat, 2012 Special Award

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Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (BBC One) <—-
Dominic West – Appropriate Adult (ITV)
John Simm – Exile (BBC One)
Joseph Gilgun – This is England ’88 (Channel 4)

Leading Actress

Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
Nadine Marshall – Random (Channel 4)
Romola Garai – The Crimson Petal and the White (BBC Two) <—-
Vicky McClure – This is England ’88 (Channel 4)

Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott – Sherlock (BBC One) <—-
Joseph Mawle – Birdsong (BBC One)
Martin Freeman – Sherlock (BBC One)
Stephen Rea – The Shadow Line (BBC Two)

Supporting Actress

Anna Chancellor – The Hour (BBC Two)
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey (ITV1) <—-
Miranda Hart – Call the Midwife (BBC One)
Monica Dolan – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr – Alan Carr Chatty Man (Channel 4) <—-
Dara O’ Briain – Mock The Week (BBC Two)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1)

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jennifer Saunders – Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One)
Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve (BBC Four) <—-
Ruth Jones – Stella (Sky One)
Tamsin Greig – Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One) <—-
Darren Boyd – Spy (Sky One)
Hugh Bonneville – Twenty Twelve (BBC Four)
Tom Hollander – Rev. (BBC Two)

Single Drama

Holy Flying Circus
Tony Roche, Owen Harris, Kate Norrish, Polly Leys
Hillbilly Television, TalkbackTHAMES/BBC Four
Page Eight <—-
David Hare, Bill Nighy, David Heyman, David Barron
A Heyday Films, Runaway Fridge TV, Carnival Films production in association with NBC Universal for BBC/BBC Two
Polly Leys, Kate Norrish, Debbie Tucker Green
Hillbilly Television/Channel 4
Sita Williams, Rebecca Hodgson, Stephen Butchard, Justin Chadwick
Open Door Films Ltd/BBC One

Mini Series

Appropriate Adult
Neil McKay, Lisa Gilchrist, Julian Jarrold, Jeff Pope
ITV Studios/ITV1
The Crimson Petal and the White <—-
David M Thompson, Steve Lightfoot, Marc Munden, Lucinda Coxon
Origin Pictures, Cité Amérique/BBC Two
This is England ‘88
Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne, Mark Herbert, Rebekah Wray-Rogers
Warp Films/Channel 4
Top Boy
Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Ronan Bennett, Yann Demange
Cowboy Films/Channel 4

Drama Series

The Fades
Susan Hogg, Caroline Skinner, Jack Thorne, Farren Blackburn
BBC Productions/BBC Three
Petra Fried, Howard Overman, Murray Ferguson, Matt Strevens
Clerkenwell Films/E4
Scott and Bailey
Production Team
Red Production Company/ITV1
Spooks <—-
Production Team
Kudos Film & Television/BBC One

Soap & Continuing Drama

Coronation Street
Production Team
ITV Studios/ITV1
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC One
Holby City
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC One
Shameless <—-
Paul Abbott, George Faber, David Threlfall, Lawrence Till
Company Pictures/Channel 4


Adam Price, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen
The Killing II <—-
Soren Sveistrup, Piv Bernth, Kristoffer Nyholm, Sofie Grabol
DR, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises / BBC Four
Modern Family
Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
20th Century Fox/Sky One
The Slap
Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon
Matchbox Pictures/BBC Four

Factual Series

The Choir: Military Wives
Lucy Hillman, Stephen Finnigan, Gareth Malone, Tim Carter
Twenty Twenty Television/BBC Two
Educating Essex
David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, Beejal-Maya Patel, Grace Reynolds
Twofour Productions/Channel 4
Our War
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC Three
Protecting Our Children <—-
Sacha Mirzoeff, Emma Burman, Petra Graf, Anna McGill
BBC Bristol Factual/BBC Two

Specialist Factual*

British Masters

James Fox, Jonty Claypole, Matt Hill, Richard Wilkinson
BBC Vision Productions/BBC Four
Frozen Planet <—-
Vanessa Berlowitz, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, David Attenborough
A BBC, Discovery Channel, Antena 3 Television S.A, ZDF, Skai, Open University Co-Production in association with Discovery Canada/BBC One
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret
Laura Jones, Justine Kershaw, Gillian Mosely, Kenny Scott
Blink in association with medialab/ Channel 4
Wonders of the Universe
James van der Pool, Brian Cox, Jonathan Renouf, Michael Lachman
BBC London Factual Productions/BBC Two

*Specialist Factual is given in honour of Huw Wheldon

Single Documentary**

9/11: Day That Changed the World
Leslie Woodhead, Kate Botting, Brian Lapping, Talya Tibbon
Brook Lapping Productions in association with the Smithsonian Channel, France Télévision and NHK/ITV1
The Fight of Their Lives
Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna
ITV Sport/ITV1
Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
Craig Hunter, Charlie Russell, Rosy Marshall, Gary Scott
Keo North/BBC Two
We Need To Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge) <—-
Peter Dale, Elizabeth Stopford
Rare Day/Channel 4

**Single Documentary is given in honour of Robert Flaherty


DIY SOS: The Big Build
Simon Knight, Hannah Corneck, Ben Rowland, Susan Aartse-Tuyn
BBC Productions/BBC One
Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels
Production Team
Optomen Television/BBC Two
The Great British Bake Off <—-
Anna Beattie, Richard McKerrow, Simon Evans, Emma Willis, Andy Devonshire
Love Productions/BBC Two
Timothy Spall: Back at Sea
Paul Crompton, Philip Shotton, Matt David, Anton Short
BBC Productions, Willey Spiros Enterprises/BBC Four

Reality & Constructed Factual

An Idiot Abroad
Production Team
Risk Productions/Sky One
Don’t Tell The Bride
Lisa Edwards, Jon Rowlands, Rebecca Bayatti, Steph Wetherill
Renegade Pictures/BBC Three
Made in Chelsea
Sarah Dillistone, David Granger, Sharyn Mills, John Pereira
Monkey Kingdom Productions/E4
The Young Apprentice <—-
Michele Kurland, Colm Martin, Darina Healy, Andy Devonshire
Boundless/BBC One

Current Affairs

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark
May Ying Welsh, Jon Blair, Hassan Mahfood, Tuki Laumea
Al Jazeera/Al Jazeera English
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields <—-
Callum Macrae, Chris Shaw, Jon Snow
ITN/Channel 4
The Truth About Adoption (Panorama)
Roger Graef, Tom Giles, Clare Johns, Todd Downing
Films of Record/BBC One
Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Panorama)
Frank Simmonds, Paul Kenyon, Matthew Chapman, Joe Casey
BBC Productions/BBC One

News Coverage

BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs
Production Team
BBC News/BBC One
Channel 4 News: Japan Earthquake <—-
Production Team
ITN/Channel 4
ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata
Production Team
Sky News: Libya Rebel Convoy – Live
Production Team
Sky News/Sky News

Sport & Live Event

Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds
Meredith Chambers, Eleanor Moran, Richard Fell, Pat Connor
BBC Wales in collaboration with BBC North/BBC Three
The Royal Wedding <—-
Production Team
BBC Entertainment & Events/BBC One
Rugby World Cup Final
Tony Pastor, Paul McNamara, Phil Heslop, Roger Pearce
ITV Sport/ITV1
Tour De France 2011
Steve Docherty, Gary Imlach, James Venner, Carolyn Viccari
V Squared TV/ITV4

New Media

Autumn Watch
Jeremy Torrance, Phil Windley, Roger Webb, Tim Scoones
BBC/ BBC Online
The Bank Job
Production Team
Endemol, Chunk, Monterosa/
Matt Jarvis, Chloe Moss, Alexandra Wall, Mike O’Leary
Clerkenwell Films/
Psychoville <—-
Jon Aird, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Justin Davies
BBC Productions/BBC Comedy Online and Plug-in Media

Entertainment Programme***

Celebrity Juice
Dan Baldwin, Leon Wilson, Toby Baker, Ed Sleeman
Derren Brown: The Experiments
Derren Brown, Simon Dinsell, Iain Sharkey, Fiona Cotter-Craig
Objective Productions/Channel 4
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Spencer Millman, Peter Orton, Harry Hill
Avalon Television/ITV1
Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow <—-
Michael McIntyre, Addison Cresswell, Andrew Beint, Anthony Caveney
Open Mike Productions/BBC One

***The Entertainment Programme BAFTA is given in honour of Lew Grade

Comedy Programme

Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe
Alison Marlow, Al Campbell, Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker
Zeppotron/BBC Four
Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair <—-
Nick Smith, Peter Richardson, Pete Richens
Great Western Features/Channel 4
The Cricklewood Greats
Peter Capaldi, Adam Tandy, Tony Roche
BBC Productions/BBC Four
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Stewart lee, Richard Webb, Tim Kirkby
BBC Productions/BBC Two

Situation Comedy

Fresh Meat
Production Team
Objective Productions, Lime Pictures/Channel 4
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Brendan O’Carroll, Stephen McCrum, Ben Kellett, Martin Delany
BBC Scotland, BBC Productions co-production with BocPix in association with RTE/BBC One
Friday Night Dinner
Robert Popper, Steve Bendelack, Kenton Allen, Caroline Leddy
Popper Pictures, Big Talk Productions/Channel 4
Rev. <—-
Production Team
Big Talk Productions/BBC Two

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Celebrity Juice
Educating Essex
Fresh Meat
Frozen Planet
Sherlock <—-
The Great British Bake Off


Awards | Ivor Novello Awards: The Winners

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Ed Sheeran: The A-Team

Best Contemporary Song

Lana Del Rey: Video Games

Album Award

PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Adele: Rolling In The Deep (written by: Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth)

Best Television Soundtrack

The Shadow Line (composed by: Martin Phipps)

Best Original Film Score

The First Grader (composed by: Alex Heffes)

PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Take That

Outstanding Song Collection

Gary Kemp

The Ivors Jazz Award

Stan Tracey

Lifetime Achievement

Mark Knopfler

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Siouxsie Sioux

Songwriter of the Year


PRS for Music Special International Award

Jimmy Webb

BASCA Fellowship

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber