If you haven’t already caught the inspirational Paralympics ‘We Are The Superhumans’ trailer from Channel 4, now’s your chance:
It brilliantly encapsulates the energy and determination the athletes will have at the Rio Paralympics.
Channel 4 are giving us the largest Paralympic broadcast in the history of the games, so there will be more choice than ever when it comes to what you can experience from the comfort of your living room.
Channel 4’s Paralympics Explained
As official broadcaster of the Rio Paralympics this year, Channel 4 have up to fourteen hours per day of coverage between 6am and 1am. With the four hour time difference and so much coverage, how you choose to watch is important.
7:30pm – 8pm: Clare Balding hosts Paralympics 2016: Highlights every day.
8pm – 9pm: The Last Leg takes a unique comedic review of what has happened each day. As before, this will be hosted by Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker.
9pm – 1am: Clare Balding hosts the events live from Rio.
From 6am: Paralympics Breakfast highlights of the previous day available on All 4.
1pm – 6pm: Ade Adepitan hosts daytime coverage of live events.
6pm – 7pm: Sophie Morgan and JJ Chalmers present further live coverage from Rio on More4, as Channel 4 resumes normal evening programmes and the news until 7:30pm.
Other ways to watch
- All 4 will allow you to directly stream the sports you want to watch most, and will also provide extensive information on all of the games. This is all available on the bespoke Paralympics site.
- Clips of the ‘best moments’ will be shared on Channel 4’s social media channels. For early birds, the Paralympics Breakfast will offer a round-up on the previous day’s events on All 4 from 6am presented by Lee McKenzie, so you can enjoy the previous day’s highlights with your toast.
Clare Balding and Ade Adepitan head up a plethora of old and new faces on the Channel 4 presenting team. One new face is Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr), who is making his presenting debut.
Pictured below are RJ Mitte, Sophie Morgan, Jonathan Edwards, Clare Balding, JJ Chalmers, Adam Hills, Arthur Williams, Rachael Latham, Ade Adepitan and Lee McKenzie who make up the primary team.
If you didn’t catch the Paralympics 2016: The Opening Ceremony you can watch highlights of the event on the Channel 4 Breakfast Show site. The opening ceremony reflected on the motto ‘Everybody Has A Heart’ and is inspired by the five senses.
Unlike the main Olympics opening ceremony, it was inspired by the five senses, and focused on feelings, difficulties, solidarity and love rather than using Brazil’s history as inspiration.
The LEXI System
Julie Walters was announced as the voice of LEXI last night as part of Channel 4’s coverage of the Olympics.
LEXI, which was first introduced at London 2012, helps viewers understand how the athletes are grouped and classified so they can compete fairly against one another. Julie will provide the voice element of this, and 3D animations will be used to demonstrate, replacing the more text-based system in 2012.
Weekend Highlights (Saturday 10, Sunday 11 September)
Hannah Cockroft is aiming for her first gold in Athletics in the T34 1OOm. Originally from Halifax, she is aiming to win three gold medals in Rio. She found extra motivation for Rio after losing the first in over 300 races last year. With fellow Brits Carly Tait and Kare Adenegan also going for gold.
Four of Britain’s five judokas compete. Already taking a bronze in Beijing and a silver in London, Sam Ingram competes in the -90kg. Debutants Chris Skelley (-100kg), Jack Hodgson (+100kg), and Natalie Greenhough (-70kg) are keen to compete for the first time.
After watching London 2012 from a hospital bed, former Royal Engineers Staff Sergeant Micky Yule will be competing in the -65kg powerlifting division. He lost both of his legs in an IED attack in 2010, but has fought against the odds to compete this year.
Lauren Steadman, who competed as a swimmer in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, is going for gold in the newly introduced Triathlon.
Who said athletes slow down 40? Richard Whitehead certainly didn’t! After winning gold in the T42 200m in London 2012, at 40, he’s still competing to add to his collection of medals.
Cyclists Neil Fachie and Pete Mitchell go for gold in the men’s kilo. The team paired up in 2012 to compete in the 2013 British National Track Championships where they came second in the kilo time trial.
The verdict . . .
Whatever you choose to watch of the Paralympics 2016, Channel 4 on Freeview HD and Freeview Play will bring you more of the events than ever before