What Went Wrong With The Olympics?
Spoof documentary set in 2014, looking back at the fiasco that WAS the London Olympics. Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
- BBC Radio 4
- 4 (1 series)
- Kevin Eldon, Adrian Scarborough, Dan Tetsell, Vicki Pepperdine, Brian Perkins and Lewis Macleod
- Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
- Lucy Armitage
The preparation for the London Olympics is a huge and very funny developing story. Eleven thousand people are now employed on the Olympic site to ensure everything is in place, on time. One and a half million tons of East End soil have been washed. Lorries, arriving on site at the rate of one per minute, are subjected to the same rigorous timetabling that applies at Heathrow Airport. Visitors undergo extensive security checks and are issued with a list of over sixty prohibited items (amongst them, animal stunners, ice picks and blowtorches).
It's an exciting race against time; the most important race of all being the one to get a memorable Olympic programme on air. This four-part "documentary" series is all fired up and ready to go. On your marks.
Introduced from the standpoint of 2014 by controversial reporter Sylvester Halloran (Kevin Eldon), What Went Wrong With The Olympics? combines contemporary news reports, archive footage, stupid "audio graphics", live interviews and fisticuffs in the studio with the key figures responsible. We sift through the cock-ups and the conspiracies in a tough and revealing probe into the reality of what makes Britain run - not very fast.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Wednesday 27th October 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Last new broadcast
- Wednesday 17th November 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Length of episodes
- 30 minutes