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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Olympic torch gets key TV role

25th July 2012

The Olympic torch was shown live on television last night as part of the London relay.

Millions watched the EastEnders character Billy Mitchell carry the torch live on BBC One as part of the soap opera's storyline. The flame passed through many of the famous landmarks within the fictional London borough of Walford including the Queen Vic public house.

"It's been like waiting for seven months for the extra time in a football match - and knowing you have to take a penalty," explained Perry Fenwick, the actor who plays Billy.

He told the Sun newspaper: "The nightmares have been getting worse and I keep waking up in a cold sweat. The problem is that you can't ignore the Olympics."

Many artists have embraced the hosting of the Olympic Games and for those staying in central London hotels there are a large number of exhibitions to choose from.

Today the Olympic Flame continues its journey to the Olympic stadium. Gold medal rower James Cracknell will start the relay at the Hook Community Centre in Kingston before it travels through the famous Kew Gardens and on to the London borough of Ealing. One of the major highlights of the 67th day of the flame's travels is a trip on a London Underground train.

The flame will be carried by London Underground Service Operator, John Light, on a train decorated in Olympic rings from Wimbledon to Wimbledon Park.

With just three days to go until the opening ceremony of the Games, there is limited opportunity for those enjoying stays in central London hotels to see the torch relay as it heads to the main Olympic venue in time for the show on Friday night.

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