The Today programme is live from the site of the 2012 Games which, after seven years of planning, are opened tonight when the Olympic flame is lit, and the world's greatest sporting festival begins. The United Nations has been trying to reach a deal to regulate the global arms trade which is worth £50bn every year. And also on today's programme, a reason to frown or smile? It's ten years since botox was first used for wrinkles.
0713 Ric Birch, who directed the opening ceremony for the Sydney Games in 2000, and has been involved in six Olympic openings explains what you have to do to plan a successful one.
0719 Business news with Lesley Curwen.
0722 Chinese state media has been reporting that the wife of the politician Bo Xilai has been charged with the murder of the British businessman Neil Heywood. John Sudworth reports.
0724 At 0812 bells all across the UK will be rung for three minutes as part of the Cultural Olympiad to mark the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mike McCann, the Palace Keeper of the Clock, explains the historical significance for Big Ben.
0727 Sport news with Rob Bonnet, live from the Olympic Park.
0735 Andy Hunt, chef de mission of Team GB, gives his forecast on what lies ahead for the British team in terms of medals over the next two weeks.
0740 The paper review.
0743 Dame Mary Peters, who was pentathlon winner in 1972 at the Munich Games, recalls participating in an event which encompassed one of the darkest episodes in Olympic history, the attack on Israeli athletes in the village in which 11 people were murdered.
0747 Thought for the day with Canon Duncan Green, head of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services for the 2012 Games.
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