In the Show – 5th August 2008

With the Olympic opening just a few days away, tonight we’re focusing mostly on art and sport.

First, to put the Olympic Games in their historical context, until 24th November the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is showing more than a hundred pieces from the British Museum that take us on a journey back to the origins of the world’s most spectacular athletic event. It includes the famous reproduction of “The Discus Thrower”

The ancient Olympic Games were held for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that such pagan cults should be banned. They were revived in the late 19th century. Ancient or modern, they’ve always reflected more than just sport. They’ve also been inextricably linked with politics and social issues. This year, artists from Hong Kong and Beijing are taking the opportunity to give their impressions of the event.

In our movie review, Gary Pollard discusses some of the best movies about sports.

And to wrap up our show, we take a musical break from the world of sports, as violinist Kitty Cheung and pianist Cindy Ho perform Manuel de Falla’s “Jota” for us in the studio.

Want to take a look at the show? Click here to view a streaming video.

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