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Olympics opening ceremony poised for TV BAFTA award

| 10.04.2013

The Olympics opening ceremony is odds-on to win a TV BAFTA award according to Ladbrokes – and it’s a bet well worth taking on.

The coverage of Danny Boyle’s almost universally praised curtain-raiser for the Olympics is currently 4/5 to win the TV BAFTA for Best Sport and Live event, which looks extremely generous considering the others in the category.

While the 2012 Paralympic Games was undoubtedly a triumph for broadcasters Channel 4, the 11/4 looks a little on the short side.

Elsewhere, the BBC’s coverage of ‘Super Saturday’ – the day when Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all picked up gold – can be backed at 3/1, while the Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer is the outsider at 7/1.

Away from sport, It looks like a double-header is on the cards for the Last Tango in Halifax with Derek Jacobi (13/8) and Anne Reid (6/4) both fancied to take home the Leading Actor and Actress gongs, and it’s odds-on at 2/5 that the show is named as the year’s Best Drama Series.

Graham Norton leads the betting in the Best Entertainment Performance (11/10) category ahead of Ant and Dec (9/4) and Alan Carr (3/1).

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It’s impossible to see how the Opening Ceremony won’t take home the gold medal in the TV BAFTAs next month.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Anderson