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Olympics: London 2012 TV Guide - Week Two

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After the Sir Paul McCartney/Danny Boyle/sheep-heavy opening ceremony and endless hours/weeks/years of hype and build-up, the London 2012 Olympics kick off proper on Saturday (July 28).

Digital Spy has picked out six key events from the first week that we think you should be tuning in for to get the most out of the Olympics-mania.

Crowds leave the Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, following the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Mark Cavendish in the Cycling Men's Road Race - Saturday, July 28 at 10am on BBC One/BBC Three
A 250km (155 mile) race that tours Box Hill in Surrey and concludes at The Mall, this six-hour epic is not for the faint-hearted. But for those eager to see a Brit pick up Gold, this is a decent shout for our first of the Games with Mark Cavendish having a devilish sprint in his armoury. It might be worth dusting off that old Union Jack ready for the finale!

Team GB in Men's Football: GB v United Arab Emirates - Sunday, July 29 at 7.45pm on BBC Three
Ryan Giggs

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David Beckham poses with young fan at Westfield Stratford in London.

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Goldenballs Becks may not have made the cut (boo! hiss!), but even without the rather dashing chap from LA in our ranks, this is still a rare (and potentially last) chance to see Great Britain playing together on a football field. English football fans long bemoaned the fact Ryan Giggs picked Wales over England when it came to international football and even if he's now past his prime, this is still a chance for us to watch and ponder what might have been if he'd been on the left wing or on the penalty spot in all those near-misses down the years.

Tom Daley in Diving: Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final - Monday, July 30 at 3pm on BBC One
Tom Daley

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Tom Daley. In Speedos. *Scream*. But seriously, there is much more to Daley than his ability to pull off the ultimate fashion sin. He's also in with a good shout of a medal or two and could even nick a Gold if everything swings his way on the day. Following the death of his father, it would be a memorable and moving Olympic moment if he were to make a podium finish.

Bradley Wiggins in Road Cycling: Men's Individual Time Trial - Wed, August 1 at 2.15pm on BBC One
Bradley Wiggins

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He's got the Yellow Jersey and Tour De France in the bag. But that's not enough for Wiggins. He's also got his eye on some more Olympic golds. If we were going to put anything down as a banker for a Team GB win, it would be this. Make sure you don't miss it!

Jessica Ennis in Women's Heptathlon - Friday, August 3 on BBC One
Great Britian's Jessica Ennis

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The track and field are always the most popular Olympic events and Jessica Ennis is a right-old show-off and she'll be attempting to prove she's the best at seven disciplines including 100m hurdles, shot put and javelin. Not to put any pressure on the young girl, but Great Britain expects. Make sure you tune in on Friday and Saturday to cheer her on as she goes for Gold.

Beach Volleyball Last 16 - Friday, August 3 on the BBC's 23 Live Olympic Channel
London 2012 Beach Volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade

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For three years, nobody talks about Beach Volleyball. And then when the Olympics come around, every man in the country is suddenly an expert who appreciates the athleticism and skill involved. Oh, and they wear bikinis. Even Prince Harry is getting in on the action, bagging himself a prime spot at the awesome Horse Guard's Parade arena for the best view of the, ahem, action.

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