Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has stolen the show at the Paralympic Games after he took 62,000 audience members and 1bn TV viewers on a live ‘journey through science’.
The night comprised a series of set-piece events designed to showcase British creativity to the world and adopted a distinctively scientific flavour in contrast to Danny Boyle’s earlier showpiece.
This included the world’s loudest ever apple crunch after each audience member simultaneously munched on a free Gala Apple – a tribute to Sir Isaac Newton’s inspiration for the theory of gravity.
Stealing the show however was Hawking himself who made a rare public appearance to appear on a specially designed moon stage before ushering in a ‘Big Bang’ of light, sound and fireworks to initiate proceedings.
Executive producer Stephen Daldrey said: ”This is not about England. This is not about Britain. This is about challenging perceptions. There is no nationalistic brief to this show.”