The Ballads of the Games is a six-part series for BBC Radio 2 exploring the agony and the ecstasy of the Olympics, in the words of people who were there and through songs inspired by their stories.
The format is adapted from one created by Ewan McColl and Charles Parker in the 1950s, broadcast on the BBC Home Service. So it seems that even then, the nation’s Speech station was responsible for the best Music documentaries!
The first episode of Ballads of the Games takes us from the original games in 776 BC Greece through the origin of the modern Olympics movement in… Much Wenlock, Shropshire. There are some funny and some moving stories from previous London Olympics in 1908 and 1948.
And of course, a hat-tip to Mike Harding who alerted us to this series during his own fantastic show on Radio 2.