It has been a fantastic Olympics: medals, efforts, tears, fun, absorbing and successful.
I have also been impressed by the BBC coverage. Clare Balding is in her perfect role, and one that she clearly enjoys and her enthusiasm is infectious. She is brilliant at linking the sports, understands just enough of each sport to ask sensible questions. Yet, as she is not too in-house, she is not too knowing, wants to learn and seems genuinely interested in the individuals and their own outlets. (Of course, always easier when GB is enjoying success...)
The further coverage has also been excellent. Again each sport, activities that most of us only watch once every four years and then only if there are British or Irish chances, has been explained sensibly and clearly, while the on-going conversations between presenters has been fun, chatty and informal yet conducted on an intelligent level and with sensible, but enthused, passion. It has been a little like watch old-fashioned cricket coverage - or the great multi-sports programme that was Grandstand.
I hope ITV, the new racing broadcasters, have been watching - racing, often viewed as a complicated sport, needs explaining on a frequent basis. The ins and outs of the sport need outlining, so that new viewers can understand just what is going on, yet without dumbing down the coverage.
When, for instance, was the handicapping system last explained to the TV audience?
Viewers want to understand what they are watching - they don't need to be sidetracked in the mistaken belief by producers that the whole is too complicated for them to get to grips with.