Over the coming weeks, the BBC will mark Remembrance Week and Armistice Day with a range of special programmes across its television and radio networks.
On TV, BBC One will air Remembrance programming including the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2019 and The Cenotaph.
BBC One will also broadcast a special one-off documentary, Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War, where the presenter retraces the steps of his late grandfather Stanley Abbs during World War Two.
BBC Radio 3 will air The 2019 Free Thinking Imperial War Museum Remembrance Debate, which explores why cultural heritage is attacked during war and the ways we save, protect and restore what is targeted.
To mark the Two Minute Silence CBeebies and CBBC will simulcast Poppies, an evocative, dialogue-free animation set to a score by Steve Price and recorded by the BBC Philharmonic.
BBC English Regions, BBC NI, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales will all broadcast special radio programming.
There will be a relaunch of the digital experience, Armistice Day, which helps users explore what they might have done during the Great War through clips taken from the BBC Archive, personalised by where they live and whether they think they would have fought or stayed at home.
Tony Hall, Director General, BBC, says: “Remembrance is an important annual event in the BBC calendar. In the 75th anniversary year of D Day, those who made the ultimate sacrifice will be specially recognised in the annual Festival of Remembrance, broadcast on BBC TV and radio. On BBC One, Gary Lineker will provide a moving insight to the experiences of his late granddad in an often overlooked chapter of World War Two, which should not be missed.”
Gary Lineker says: “I am honoured that this very personal documentary will be played out during such a significant and poignant week. I hope the film will shine a light on the bravery of my grandad and all those thousands of other real heroes that fought during the Italian campaign.”