Live screening of D-Day anniversary

Nationwide cinemas to broadcast live BBC Radio 2 event for first time to commemorate 70th anniversary of D-Day

Screening live at THE WELLESLEY – WELLINGTON on 6 June.

Following the sell out of BBC Radio 2's D-Day concert at The Royal 

Albert Hall the BBC will now stream the event live to cinemas nationwide on Friday 6 

June.

Picturehouse Entertainment co-ordinated the deal, which will see equal mapping of 

cinemas through Cineworld, Picturehouse Cinemas, Vue and independent cinemas 

across the UK.

Mindful of the fact that many veterans are in their late 80s and 90s, this live cinema 

broadcast will allow them, their families and others who are unable to travel to 

London or France to embrace the event visually and mark the 70th anniversary of D-
Day together.

The concert will be part of BBC Radio 2's D-Day activity which culminates in a special 

Friday Night Is Music Night, ‘D-Day 70 Years On' at the Royal Albert Hall (6th June 

between 8-10pm).

Hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin will re-tell the story of key 

moments of D-Day alongside a cast of actors lead by Patrick Stewart playing Sir 

Winston Churchill.

The backdrop to the historic and poignant narration will come from The BBC Concert 

Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed 

Forces.

There will be further performances from Katherine Jenkins, who will sing a virtual 

duet with Dame Vera Lynn, Beverley Knight and a special rendition of ‘In My 

Dreams’ by the Military Wives Choir.

Folk singer Seth Lakeman will pay tribute to his grandfather, who served on D-Day, 

through his performance of a song written for his grandfather after they visited the 

beaches of Arromanches where a young Seth learnt first hand about the events of 

the fateful day.

The cinema going public will also experience the same multi-dimensional 

soundscape of music as The Royal Albert Hall audience with a special 5.1 surround 

sound mix.

Profits from the Royal Albert Hall concert and the cinema release will be donated to 

the charities The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and SkillForce.

The D-Day operation during World War II was the largest amphibious invasion in 

world history and was executed by land, sea and air.

Launched on June 6th 1944, the simultaneous landing of allied forces took place on 

five separate beaches - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - in Normandy, France - 

it marked the beginning of the end of World War II.

Patrick Stewart "I am delighted and proud to be part of this anniversary 

commemoration. Churchill wrote English to be spoken and I have always loved 

quoting his remark that 'The greatest virtue is courage, because it makes all 

the other virtues possible'."

Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment said: 

"Cinemas were the lifeblood of information in wartime Britain and the main social 

centers for sharing news. They united the country in 1944 and will do so again 70 

years on. It is fitting that cinemas nationwide can join the BBC in commemorating 

the anniversary in what will be a historic broadcast."

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion: “We are thrilled to 

be part of this fantastic event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-
Day landings. It comes in addition to the Legion’s role in helping to organise the 

commemorations in Normandy, and it offers those not able to travel to Normandy 

an opportunity to observe this historic anniversary from the Royal Albert Hall and in 

their homes.”

David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA: “I am delighted that SSAFA has been given 

this opportunity to take part in such a moving tribute. The commemoration of 70th 

Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for us to mark the bravery of 

those who landed on the Normandy beaches and who freed Europe. Money from 

profits of this concert will be used to provide lifelong support for our forces and 

there families, from all conflicts”

Peter Cross OBE, Chief Executive of SkillForce: “Our charity is honoured and thrilled 

to be part of this incredible commemoration of the D-Day Landings. SkillForce 

inspires young people to succeed in life and achieve in school by drawing on the 

skills and experiences of men and women who have served their country. It is 

humbling to be invited to join the Royal Albert Hall cinema events commemorating 

one of the most important moments in our history, D-Day. We celebrate 10 years of 

our charity this year. Support at The Royal Albert Hall event will help us continue to 

look to the future - and inspire young people with the values of ex-Forces personnel 

- while honouring the past.”

D-Day 70 Years On is produced by TBI Media and Snappin' Turtle Production for BBC 

Radio 2. For ticket information visit the Radio 2 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
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