Monday 23 April 2018

BBC to mark VE Day anniversary

Crowds in Trafalgar Square on VE Day
Crowds in Trafalgar Square on VE Day

The 70th anniversary of VE Day is being marked by a season of shows on the BBC including a four-part series about the last living veterans of the generation who won the war.

Another show, VE Day: Remembering Victory, will include interviews with familiar faces including Sir Bruce Forsyth and Honor Blackman about their memories about the day war ended in Europe.

BBC Two's four-part series, Br itain's Greatest Generation, will include interviews with those who lived through the war.

Other shows will look at the reality of life for many people in a shattered post-war Europe and how war leader Winston Churchill was unceremoniously dumped from office shortly after VE Day in the 1945 Labour landslide.

Kim Shillinglaw, the controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said: " From our World War One anniversary coverage last year to the Taking Liberties democracy season and our Holocaust memorial content this year, BBC Two has played a central role in marking these significant moments.

"The 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two is another important moment to take stock and yet again BBC2 is at the heart of the BBC's offering with a strong range of history programmes, presented by some of our leading experts, paying tribute to the last survivors of this incredible generation and exploring how they helped shape modern Britain."

Press Association

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