Chris Evans has announced that on Saturday 30th July 2016 – exactly 50 years on to the day – BBC Radio 2 will retell the story of England’s 1966 World Cup victory.
Presented by Jeremy Vine and Louise Minchin the programme will celebrate the achievements of those involved with the 1966 final, offering an insight into the thoughts and feelings of those affected by the game, both in Wembley Stadium, as well as ordinary people up and down the country.
World Cup ‘66 Minute by Minute will unfold in real time at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of an audience of 10,000, and will broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, BBC Red Button and in cinemas across the UK.
Together with TBI Media, and with the support of The Football Association, Radio 2 and Picturehouse Entertainment, this live event will relive the unforgettable game from start to the finish bringing music, arts, culture, history and sport together to create a live music documentary.
Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2 and Director BBC Music, said: “It is one of the iconic moments in football history. Radio 2 is proud to relive the proudest day in English football – exactly 50 years on. With the programme going out live on Radio 2, BBC Red Button and in cinemas UK wide, we hope many people will be able to join us in recreating the atmosphere of the exhilarating game, through a perfect blend of music and memories.”
Phil Critchlow, Founding Director of TBI Media says: “TBI are thrilled to be producing this ground breaking live event bringing together compelling match footage, fascinating stories, appearances from football heroes, and incredible songs from 1966 performed by the best of today’s artists alongside some of the legends who sang them first time around. This will be a genuinely one off moment with the significant added thrill of it being delivered fully live, in real time. It’s absolutely our intention to make it unmissable.”
Tickets for the event at The SSE Arena, Wembley and for the live broadcast in cinemas go on sale from today. For more details of terms and conditions click here.