Radio 2 marks Battle of Britain anniversary
BBC Radio 2 will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a day featuring live outside broadcasts.
Chris Evans will broadcast live from iconic fighter station Biggin Hill Airport in south east London, then, at the end of the show, he’ll take to the air in a two seat Spitfire and travel down to the White Cliffs of Dover, where he’ll fly over the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust memorial and broadcast live into Ken Bruce’s show.
Then a special Friday Night Is Music Night concert will take place in front of an audience which will also be screened live to cinemas around the UK with Dermot O’Leary, Jeremy Vine and BBC News’ Sophie Raworth plus the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Chris Evans says: “It’s so important we remember and commemorate the sacrifices made by the men and women during World War II. It will be an honour for me to broadcast this special show from Biggin Hill, and it will be an incredible privilege to fly in what is surely the most iconic plane in British flying history.”
From 12-2pm Jeremy Vine’s Show will also be live from Biggin Hill, where he’ll be discussing the modern day Royal Air Force and the role they play over seven decades on from the Battle of Britain. He will be joined by current RAF personnel for a discussion about how the modern day RAF is ‘securing the skies’ in 2015.
The concert will be co-produced by the BBC, TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions.
The Friday Night Is Music Night special will be broadcast live on Radio 2, BBC Red Button and be streamed live – with a specially compiled, exclusive surround sound audio mix – to almost 300 cinemas across the UK as the nation unites to commemorate the 75th anniversary.
Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, said: “Radio 2’s day of programming to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be a very special and fitting tribute to honour all those who took part, those who lost their lives and those very few veterans still alive today who were there. With the Friday Night is Music Night concert going out on Radio 2, BBC Red Button and cinemas around the country, we hope many people will join together to tune in and watch wherever they are.”
Radio 2’s D-Day commemoration concert in June 2014 – Friday Night Is Music Night at the Royal Albert Hall – recently won seven Golds and the Grand Award for Best Special Event at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs 2015. The concert was co-produced by the BBC, TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions – the same team making Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night concert from Biggin Hill.
Further BBC TV and Radio programming to mark the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary will be announced soon.