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The BBC marks Remembrance Week 2022

The BBC is marking Remembrance Week 2022 across television, radio, and online with a range of original and live programming, including the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2022 and the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph.

On TV, BBC One will broadcast a whole host of programming for Remembrance week from November 8th , including:

Saturday, 12 November, BBC One and BBC iPlayer 9am-10.40pm – The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance the annual commemorative event from the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Huw Edwards.

Sunday, 13 November, BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10.15am-12.30pm – Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph, the traditional service led by His Majesty King Charles III for the first time as monarch.

The BBC will observe the two-minutes silence on 11 November, and programmes including BBC Breakfast will reflect on the nation’s act of remembrance with coverage of events on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General says: “We are very proud to bring remembrance content to our audiences across TV, radio, and online. All our programming will honour past and present members of the armed forces and pay respect to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

TV

Saturday 12 November

Lord Mayor’s Show

BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10.45am-12pm

Over 800 years of tradition and spectacle will fill the City’s streets as the new Lord Mayor of London is welcomed by crowds. Three miles of entertainment will be provided by over 6,000 participants and more than 200 horses, to create the world’s longest unrehearsed parade. There’ll be an exclusive performance from Grease The Musical, military excellence from the Queen’s Colour Squadron and more. Over a hundred floats will be celebrating the theme of Children, Charity and Community. Presenter Gethin Jones will guide viewers through the ceremony and celebration of this internationally renowned procession.

Director: James Morgan, Executive Producer: Sangeeta Bhaskar, Series Producer: Chris Bower

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 9pm-10.40pm

For the very first time since his accession to the throne, His Majesty King Charles III accompanied by The Queen Consort, members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, and senior members of the military will be in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall, as Huw Edwards presents The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance. On the evening of Saturday 12th November, the event honours the armed forces community for their service and sacrifice in defending our freedoms and way of life.

This year’s event will reflect on what service means to our armed forces, but also to the wider communities in this country and across the Commonwealth. The opening of Festival of Remembrance will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II and the 70 remarkable years of service and dedication Her Majesty gave throughout her reign, including as the Royal British Legion’s Patron and longest serving Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.

The 40th anniversary of the Falklands War will be commemorated as we recall the events of this conflict, remembering the service and sacrifice of so many.

There will be performances from multi award-winning tenor Andrea Bocelli, with his son Matteo and daughter Virginia, Hollywood actor and singer Luke Evans, Emmy Award winning actress and West End star Hannah Waddingham, plus musical theatre sensation Marisha Wallace will all perform alongside The Band of HM Royal Marines, The Royal Air Force Squadronaires, and the Bach Choir. The conclusion of the Festival will feature actress Shona McGarty alongside The Fourth Choir, together with spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur.

The event culminates in the act of remembrance and the iconic poppy drop. As the petals fall in the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival will pay tribute to all victims of war and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sunday 13 November

Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph

BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10.15am-12.30pm (highlights on BBC Two at 6.10pm-7.20pm)

For the first time as Monarch, King Charles III will lead the nation for the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

As it has for more than one hundred years, the two-minute silence at 11 o’clock will be followed by the service and wreath laying as the nation remembers all those from the UK and the Commonwealth who died serving their country.

His Majesty will be joined by other members of the Royal Family, the Government, and the Armed Forces alongside representatives of the Commonwealth and faith communities who will gather in Westminster.

As nearly 10,000 veterans take part in The Royal British Legion March Past, David Dimbleby will present the live coverage from London on BBC One.

Sophie Raworth will speak with some of those taking part as they share their remarkable stories of courage and sacrifice.

Veterans and their families from across the nation will share memories and reflections of remembrance on film.

Director: Simon Staffurth, Executive Producer: Michael Cole, Producer: Hattie McCall Davies

BBC iPlayer and Red Button will have uninterrupted coverage of the live events at the Cenotaph.

Children’s and Education

Friday, 11 November – Monday, 14 November

CBBC and CBeebies

To mark the two-minute silence at 11am on 11th November, CBeebies and CBBC will simulcast Poppies, an evocative, dialogue-free animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. The film is set to a score composed by Oscar-winning Steve Price (Gravity) and recorded by the BBC Philharmonic.

On CBeebies, a special episode of My First Festivals: Remembrance Day airs on 11th November at 11.05am while Time For School for a special episode to mark Remembrance and World War Two on 11th November at 11.45am. Treasure Champs will also return on 13th November at 4.15pm, with an episode about remembering life in the past and reminiscing on loved ones.

On CBBC, Horrible Histories’ Frightful First World War (11th November) and Heroic Home Front (14th November) episodes take a look at the grim realities of both wars while Operation Ouch! Goes Back In Time (14th November) and travels back to the First World War to find out how to fix a broken bone in the trenches.

BBC Teach will host a collection of video resources and interactive articles for use in both primary and secondary school classrooms, including a new collection of video interviews for secondary schools with veterans and eyewitnesses of WWII (many of whom were children at the time). There is also an assembly pack for primary schools and a special Remembrance Day Live Lesson will also be available to view.

Radio

BBC Radio 2

Sunday, 13 November

Remembrance Sunday will be reflected on BBC Radio 2 in Good Morning Sunday (6-9am, 13th November) and the network will mark the two-minute silence at 11am.

Radio 2 will also broadcast coverage of the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall – a commemorative event dedicated to all those that have served and sacrificed for Britain and the Commonwealth, on Saturday, 12th November, 9:00 – 10:40pm.

BBC Radio 3

Tuesday 8th November, 10-10.45pm

Free Thinking: The Imperial War Museum Remembrance Discussion 2022

For the 2022 Free Thinking episode marking Remembrance Day, Anne McElvoy hosts a discussion about how we look at warfare past and present, including how war features in video games and how gaming is used in military training. She is joined by writer and Radio 3 ‘Sound of Gaming’ presenter broadcaster Louise Blain, retired Colonel Lincoln Jopp, game designer Florent Maurin and Imperial War Museum curator Chris Cooper.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

An R&M Production – Factual for BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 4

Sunday, 13 November

Radio 4 will broadcast Ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday between 10.30 and 11.45am.

BBC Radio 6

Sunday, 13th November

BBC Radio 6 Music will also mark the two-minute silence on Sunday 13 November.

Nations

England

Friday, 11 November

Local BBC Radio stations will be observing the two-minutes silence and reflect on the national act of remembrance throughout programming. You can tune in to your local station for more coverage of events across your region.

Scotland

Sunday, 13 November

On 13 November, Sunday Morning With Connie McLaughlin on BBC Radio Scotland, will feature an item on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War with two Army chaplains and a discussion on the role of an army chaplain in the modern Army.

In a special programme to commemorate Remembrance Sunday (13th November), Michelle McManus will present a compilation of 100 Years of Scottish Stories to describe the impact of war on Scottish families.

Northern Ireland

Friday – Sunday, 11-13 November

BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will observe a minute silence at 11am on Friday 11 November, and from 10.30-11.45am on Sunday 13 November will broadcast the BBC Radio 4 ‘Service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph’.

A range of programmes will also reflect the annual remembrance with stories, interviews and reports, including Thought For The Day and Your Place And Mine. On Remembrance Sunday, regular programmes Sunday Sequence, Sunday With Steven Rainey, Sounds Sacred, Classical Connections With John Toal and Sunday Club With John Bennett will all feature reflections linked to remembrance.

Wales

Sunday, 13 November

BBC Radio Cymru

On Remembrance Sunday (13 November), BBC Radio Cymru’s Sunday service Yr Oedfa will be led by Ieuan Elfryn Jones, a former soldier who is now a minister.

Also on 13 November it is Bwrw Golwg, – remembering 40 years since the Falklands War. We’ll hear from a soldier involved in the conflict, and then a discussion about war and remembrance.

BBC Radio Wales

BBC Radio Wales will acknowledge the silence on the Sunday, and will feature relevant archive/guests in Lynn Bowles and Roy Noble’s show, but nothing is confirmed currently.

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