Client: BBC
Date: May 2021
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Although 2020 promised a summer of sports, fans were left disappointed when the pandemic got in the way, with the Euro's and the Tokyo Olympic Games being postponed to 2021.

Five years since Portugal won the last, with the Euro's scheduled to begin from June 11, anticipation is mounting. To highlight the BBC's coverage of the tournament, its in-house agency has created a hand-drawn animation, directed by Nicos Livesey out of Blinkink, a London-based animation studio.

To illustrate that 'Our Wait Is Over', the animation opens in a waiting room, big enough to fit the whole of Europe, as players and fans wait for the Euro's to begin. Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, England favourites, are first seen waiting, as a woman snores between them. A group of Scotland fans sit in kilts, wearing Euro 96 gear - the last time the team made it to the Euro's, while Gareth Bale passes the time in his Welsh kit, playing a spot of indoor golf.

With a roar of a football crowd, gradually the waiting room music heats up, morphing into The Chemical Brothers' new track ‘The Darkness that you Fear’ as the footballers start getting into action.

'It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. The Euro's starts the 11 June across the BBC', reads the voiceover, as the players are seen walking in unison onto the bright pitch.


BBC Creative

ECD Helen Rhodes

Head of Planning Mike Lean

Head of Production James Wood

Creative Director Tim Jones

Creative Director James Cross

Creative Andy Parkman

Senior Producer Rachel Roberts

Project Manager Matt Totterdell

Planner Sam Pavey

Production Manager Sophie Knott

Production Coordinator Charlotte Stapleton


Director Nicos Livesey

Executive Producer Bart Yates

Producer Alex Halley

Production Manager Rosanna Morley

Production Coordinator Molly Turner

Storyboards Oscar Wright

Editor Nicos Livesey

Cutdowns Editor Reece Proctor

Character Design Elio Moavero

Additional Character Design Dan Lambert

Concept Artist Camille Perrin

Background Layout Camille Perrin

Background Painter Camille Perrin

Background Painter Clement Danveau

Lead Animator Reg Isaac

Lead Animation Assistant Seti Seto

Lead Colourist Martin Dray

Lead Compositor Simone Ghilardotti



Sound Design Mark Hills

Audio Producer Beth Massey

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Grade Andi Chu