From the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Sue Barker and Huw Edwards introduce live coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIX Olympiad.
Eight is a lucky number in China and the ceremony starts at 8.00pm local time (1.00pm BST) on the 8th of the eighth 2008. A global audience running into billions is expected to watch one of the greatest shows on earth. The Chinese have promised to stage a fantastic spectacle at what is being widely seen as China's 'coming out party'. There's live coverage of all the glitz, glamour and pageantry, alongside the parade of teams and the formal opening of the Games.
With commentary from Hazel Irvine and Carrie Gracie. Flashing images
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