Danny Boyle Tells BBC Not to ‘Ruin’ the Opening Ceremony With Idle Chat

BBC News presenter Huw Edwards has met with 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle to discuss the coverage of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

The Independent reports that Edwards and the director – who has orchestrated the £27 Million event – have held “private talks” regarding how the BBC intends to comment on the ceremony.

Boyle is reportedly adamant that the soundtrack is an essential feature to the “Isle of Wonders” themed show, and does not want over-dubbed commentary to spoil it.

Edwards was joined by the BBC’s head of Olympic Coverage Roger Mosely to explain to Boyle that commentary placed over the music was was nessecary in order to provide “context” to those unfamiliar with the themes presented in the elaborate ceremony – which is said to have taken inspiration from Shakespeares’ The Tempest.

Boyle has allegedly been involved in what was described as a “spat” between him and the Olympic Broadcast Service. The director took issue with possible issues of camera positioning, and wants to retain directorial control, despite the responsibility given to the Finnish state broadcaster YLE.

After the Beeb’s coverage of the Royal Jubilee was regarded by many as atrocious, it’s easy to see why they are keen to avoid any mistakes when it comes to the Olympics, especially considering it will be Mark Thompson’s last hurrah as Director General of the broadcasting corporation.

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