troubled times, the Olympic Games loom as a healing balm.
At a time when the world is starving for the bread of
hope, the bakery is being manned yet again by those pastry
cooks of peace, Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson.
weeks this August, Australians can yet again live The
The Dream redefined Olympics coverage in Sydney
(described by His Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch as "the
best Olympic Games ever"). Now, Roy Slaven and
have taken up the call to assemble with the world's youth in
Athens (described by Slaven as "arguably Greece's most modern
I was quoted as saying that Athens is rapidly becoming a
toilet looking for a flush button," says Slaven. "How wrong I
Nelson agrees. "I have been a big wrap for the Olympics in
Athens for many, many years now," he says. "It is a dream come
true to be packing down with Seven's coverage of the Games of
the XXVIII Olympiad this August. After all, many believe the
Athens Games in 1896 were the best ever, and I am over the
moon knowing that The Dream will be there when the big show
returns to home base this year."
live from The Sparta Club each day, The Dream in Athens will
once again see Roy and H.G. interviewing athletes hot off the
medal dais and unpicking the rich tapestry of the Olympic
movement. As a bonus this time, their location and timezone
means they can tackle the big sports as they happen live
across the Olympic city, and solve the mysteries of an ancient
land and its contribution to civilisation.
love the old stuff - the plays, the philosophies, the concept
of democracy etc, it's the new Greece that will astound
people," says Roy Slaven. "Greece is a modern miracle and it's
this miracle that The Dream will focus on."
Nelson adds: "As Brad Pitt said to me in a break in the
filming of Troy,
'H.G., the Greeks are cool rocking dudes.
From what I have seen so far, they know how to love, how to
fight, and they are not afraid to party.' Coming from someone
as switched on to the international scene as Brad is, that
meant a lot to me.
to the original Games ethos, Roy and I will be performing in
the nude with a nude audience, and given the estimated
temperature of the city in August, this may be entirely
in Athens will screen for one hour nightly at 11pm*, from
Saturday, 14th August through to Sunday, 29th
*Australian Eastern Standard Time. SA/NT 10.30pm, WA