Where to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV? Plus full day by day schedule

The Commonwealth Games are upon us, here's how you can watch the action on TV

Commonwealth Games athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson preparing to throw a javelin
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The Commonwealth Games have finally arrived and all eyes are on host city Birmingham. For those who haven't got their hands on tickets, here's where to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV.

There's a sense of excitement mounting as we gather round to watch Britain's most impressive athletes at Birmingham 2022, with many familiar faces such as Adam Peaty (opens in new tab) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson competing. Though some may be disappointed that one of Team England's biggest names, Dina Asher-Smith, won't be running (opens in new tab), there's still plenty of talent representing Britain this year.

And if you're planning on hunkering down to watch the action over the next couple of weeks, we've got everything you need to know, from how long are the Commonwealth Games (opens in new tab) to when is the opening ceremony and where to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV.

Where to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV

The BBC will be showing over 200 hours of live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three, as well as additional coverage on the red button and up to 11 live streams on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.

The coverage is free in the UK and will typically begin at around 9am each day and continue until night time. BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Sports Extra will also be covering the action, hosting live commentary on athletics, swimming, netball, cricket and boxing and providing updates on all the latest news across the daily programming.

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The BBC Sport website and app will also feature live text, video clips, reports, analysis and results, while every night on BBC One there will be a highlights show, called Tonight at the Games.

Olympic gold medallists Michael Johnson, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Chris Hoy are just a few of the pundits and experts who will be commentating (opens in new tab), as well as Commonwealth winners Max Whitlock and Beth Tweddle and Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.

Was the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on TV?

The Opening Ceremony was broadcast live on BBC One, running from 7pm-10.30pm BST on Thursday 28 July. Those that missed it will be able to catch up with it on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)now. 

Duran Duran returned to their home town to headline the event at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, while other talent included Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambini. Samantha Oxborough - a graduate of The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - also performed the national anthem with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Singer Simon Le Bon said in a statement "The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is a momentous event for the great city of Birmingham. And we in Duran Duran are honoured to be a part of it in our home town."

A live audience of 30,000 people was expected, alongside a predicted one billion viewers tuning in from home.

The Alexander Stadium will also host the closing ceremony - which will be broadcast from 8pm on BBC One - where the Queen's Baton will be passed on the the host nation of the next Commonwealth Games. (opens in new tab)

Commonwealth Games 2022: Day by day schedule

Thursday 28 July

BBC One 7pm-10.30pm

On 'day zero' of the Commonwealth Games, coverage of the opening ceremony will be hosted by Clare Balding. Spectators can expect the Parade of Nations, where the athletes walk behind the flag of their country, and the conclusion of the Queen's Baton Relay, which will have travelled between all 72 Commonwealth nations and territories before arriving in host city Birmingham.

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Friday 29 July

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Table tennis and para table tennis
  • Cycling, track and para track - Scotland's Olympic gold medallist Neil Fachie and silver medallist Aileen McGlynn will be competing.
  • Swimming and para swimming
  • T20 cricket
  • Triathlon and para triathlon - Alex Yee in the men's event and Georgia Taylor-Brown in the women's event were both Olympic silver medallists in 2021.
  • Boxing
  • Netball - Commonwealth champions England will play Trinidad and Tobago in their opening game.
  • Squash
  • Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3

Saturday 30 July

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:15pm – 5pm, 5:20pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 7am – 9:15am 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics (marathon) 
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton 
  • Gymnastics - Four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Claudia Fragapane will lead the English team, alongside Tokyo Olympic team bronze medallist Alice Kinsella.
  • Hockey 
  • Rugby Sevens 
  • Weightlifting 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Cycling, track and para track - England's Charlie Tanfield will be defending his 2018 title in the men's individual pursuit.
  • Swimming and para swimming 
  • T20 cricket 
  • Boxing 
  • Netball 
  • Squash
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3

Sunday 31 July

BBC One: 9am – 1pm, 1:15pm – 3:35pm, 7:45pm-10pm 

BBC Two: 3:35pm – 7:45pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls
  • Badminton 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Hockey 
  • Rugby Sevens 
  • Triathlon and para triathlon - Scotland's Alison Peasgood, a Rio Paralympic silver medallist in 2016, will be competing, as well as four-time paratriathlon world champion Dave Ellis for England.
  • Weightlifting 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Cycling, track and para track
  • Swimming and para swimming - Three-time Olympic champion Adam Peaty will be looking to defend his Commonwealth title in the 100m breaststroke.  
  • T20 cricket 
  • Boxing 
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3

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Monday 1 August

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7:30pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7:35pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton 
  • Gymnastics - England's Courtney Tulloch will be looking to defend his 2018 gold on rings.
  • Hockey
  • Rugby Sevens 
  • Triathlon and para triathlon 
  • Weightlifting 
  • Judo 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Cycling, track and para track - Tokyo omnium gold medallist Matt Walls will be competing for England.
  • Swimming and para swimming 
  • T20 cricket
  • Boxing 
  • Netball
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3

Tuesday 2 August

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7:30pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7:30 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics - Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw will compete for England in the pole vault and  world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson (opens in new tab) will defend her heptathlon Commonwealth title from 2018.
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls
  • Badminton 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Hockey 
  • Rugby Sevens 
  • Triathlon and para triathlon 
  • Weightlifting 
  • Judo - European champion Gemma Howell will compete in the women's -63kg class.
  • Table tennis and para table tennis
  • Cycling, track and para track 
  • Swimming and para swimming - Adam Peaty will be competing in the 50m breaststroke, while defending Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas of Wales will take on the 200m butterfly.
  • T20 cricket 
  • Boxing 
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3

Wednesday 3 August

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics - Katarina Johnson-Thompson will continue in the heptathlon.
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton
  • Hockey 
  • Weightlifting
  • Judo
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Cycling, mountain bike - World champion Evie Richards is the favourite in the mountain bike cross-country.
  • Swimming and para swimming - There's plenty of GB athletes within grasp of a medal, with England looking to Tokyo champion Reece Dunn in the S14 200m freestyle and world champion Ben Proud in the men's 50m free, and Scotland have Tokyo silver medallist Duncan Scott in the men's 200m individual medley. Wales will be behind 2018 silver medallist and Olympic finalist Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m free, and  world champion Bethany Firth, from Norther Ireland, is favourite in the women's S14 200m freestyle.
  • T20 cricket 
  • Boxing 
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 

Thursday 4 August

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics 
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton 
  • Hockey 
  • Para powerlifting 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Cycling, time trial
  • Diving - England's Jack Laugher is the favourite for the 1m springboard.
  • T20 cricket 
  • Boxing
  • Rhythmic gymnastics 
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 

Friday 5 August

BBC One: 9:15am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 6pm, 7pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm, 6pm – 7pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics 
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton 
  • Hockey 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis
  • Diving - Jack Laugher will compete in the 3m synchro, which he has won at the past two Commonwealth Games.
  • Wrestling 
  • Rhythmic gymnastics 
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 

Saturday 6 August

BBC One: 9am – 12pm, 1:15pm – 4:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 12pm – 1:15pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics - Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson will be competing in the 800m. 
  • Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 
  • Badminton
  • Hockey 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Diving 
  • Wrestling 
  • Boxing 
  • T20 cricket 
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 

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Sunday 7 August

BBC One: 9am – 1pm, 1:15pm – 5pm, 5:30pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 7:45am – 9am, 5pm – 5:30pm 

BBC Three: 7:05pm – 10:30pm

  • Athletics and para athletics - Matthew Hudson-Smith will return to his home town Birmingham to compete in the 400m.
  • Cycling, road race - Olympic and Tour de France superstars Geraint Thomas for Wales and Mark Cavendish for the Isle of Man will be competing.
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Diving 
  • Boxing 
  • T20 cricket
  • Netball 
  • Squash 
  • Beach volleyball 

Monday 8 August

BBC One: 9am – 1pm, 1:45pm – 3:45pm, 8pm – 10pm 

BBC Two: 1pm – 1:45pm

  • Badminton - Lauren Smith, who has won five Commonwealth medals for England, will be competing.
  • Hockey 
  • Table tennis and para table tennis 
  • Diving 
  • Squash
  • Closing ceremony (opens in new tab) 

Commonwealth Games 2022: Tickets

Tickets for the Commonwealth Games are available at Birmingham2022.com (opens in new tab), and while 1.25m tickets have already been sold, there are some still available.

Those local to the West Midlands may even be able to see some of the action for free, such as the triathlon in Sutton Park, the cycling time trial which starts and finishes in West Park in Wolverhampton and the cycling road race which starts and finishes in Warwick. The marathon route also starts and finishes in Birmingham city centre and is free to watch.

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Ellie joined Goodto as a Junior Features Writer in 2022 after finishing her Master’s in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. Previously, she completed successful work experience placements with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue and the Nottingham Post, and freelanced as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. In 2021, Ellie graduated from Cardiff University with a first-class degree in Journalism.