The 2022 Commonwealth Games begin today in Birmingham.
The sporting event begins on Thursday (July 28) at 7 p.m. with a three-and-a-half-hour opening ceremony.
Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight is one of the key voices who conceived the ceremony and is serving as executive producer.
Theater director Iqbal Khan is the artistic director of the ceremony. Novelist Maeve Clarke and rapper Joshua “RTKal” Holness serve as writer and music consultant, respectively.
Brummie new wave band Duran Duran will perform at the ceremony, as will Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi (alongside Soweto Kinch).
Samantha Oxborough will also perform the national anthem, backed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
But who is Knight and what is his involvement in Birmingham 2022?
Who is Steven Knight?
Knight is best known as the creator of the BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders.
Set in Birmingham after WWI, the series stars Cillian Murphy as charismatic criminal Tommy Shelby.
Outside of Peaky BlindersKnight has had a successful career as a screenwriter and film director.
He wrote the screenplays for films including Dirty pretty things and David Cronbergs Eastern promisesand wrote and directed the 2013 Tom Hardy film curl. His other directing credits include the widely-anticipated 2019 Matthew McConaughey-Anne Hathaway vehicle serenity.
Knight also co-created the hit TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
What did he say about the opening ceremony?
Speak with BBC News Ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony, Knight was referring to the acclaimed 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony orchestrated by Danny Boyle.
“A lot of the opening ceremonies are visually spectacular but emotionally pretty tentative, I think,” Knight said. “But this one is very emotional. It has a story to tell. It’s about the people of Birmingham. So it’s the story of what the city has achieved and how it has achieved it through the people who are here.
“It feels like it’s Birmingham’s turn to shine – and this show certainly shines,” he added.
Comparing it to Boyle’s famous ceremony, he commented: “I remembered watching it on TV and thinking, oh my god, that’s brilliant – the way it worked, the humor and all that.
“That, I think, set the bar for all opening ceremonies around the world and I don’t think anyone has come close since. Now we have some of the same people who did that, including Martin Green [chief creative officer of Birmingham 2022].
“I think not only will we be close — I think we’ll be better.”
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