Actor Brian Cox is leading a day of special features on BBC Radio Scotland remembering the fateful first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Dundee-born Brian will be on-air on the 1st of July tracking the fortunes of Scottish troops on what became the worst day in British military history, with nine, three minute features.
Brian is known for his current work in the Bourne movies – with a new one being released this week. He’s also done a bit of radio work before – appearing on BBC Radio 4 series McLevy.
The commemorative programming begins at 6.28 am on Good Morning Scotland with Dawn, 1st July 1916, The Somme, the first of two specially commissioned poems, written and read by Angus Peter Campbell. He reads his concluding poem, The Western Front, 2016 at 6.28 pm.
At the end of Newsdrive, there’ll be a ten minute feature, Epitaph, in which presenter Cathy Macdonald explores why the battle was so disastrous for the British and why it remains significant.
BBC Scotland’s radio and television news teams will be reporting throughout the day on the commemorative events including the vigil from the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.
Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio, BBC Scotland, said: “The impact of the battle on the participants and on the communities affected has resonated down the decades. Our commemorative programming will recognise the huge cost of life in this part of the conflict and will also shed new light on the events of the momentous first day of the battle.”
On 30 June, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, will air Blar a’ Somme, a 30 minute feature on the battle, and throughout 1 July, archive from veterans and a selection of Somme poetry and song will feature in both speech and music programming.