We’re celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day across our BFBS and Forces platforms this week.
And with the nation still under lockdown, we have a wealth of entertainment and factual programmes to commemorate this special day – and help to lift your spirits.
On Forces TV, highlights include:
Victory in Europe Remembered
Friday 8th May at 12:30 and 17:30
A Forces News Special. VE Day was declared on 8th May 1945 sparking celebrations across Britain. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, those who were there recall this remarkable day.
The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020 (Exclusive to Forces TV)
Friday 8th May at 18:00
The Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines showcase their musicianship and pageantry in the presence of Prince Harry; his final engagement as Captain General Royal Marines.
VE Day 75: America in WWII (New to Forces TV)
Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th May from 0650
Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a look at the United States' participation in the Second World War.
1990s British comedy with Nicholas Lyndhurst as a TV repair man living two lives as he poses as an MI5 agent when time-travelling to 1940s war-torn London. Including the special 'follow up' episode not seen on TV since its original showing in 2016.
Forces TV is on Sky 181, Virgin 274, Freesat 165, Freeview 96, YouView 96
On BFBS Radio, we’ll be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a variety of stories from the forces community worldwide between 04.00 and 22.00, including the Queen’s address at 21.00.
VE-Day 75, Sound Stories
- 16.30 local time in Canada
- 16.30 UKT on BFBS R2
It took 11 months to get from D-Day to a final victory in Europe and in a brand new original programme, BFBS Radio follows the countdown to VE Day on May 8th 1945.
Behind the scenes at the of Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020
Available here from Friday 8th May.
Also broadcast on BFBS Radio 2 on Sunday 10th May 18.00 UKT
BFBS Radio presenter, Jess Bracey, goes behind the scenes of the Royal Albert Hall Concert.
The original forces sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, has come together with military favourite Katherine Jenkins to record a duet of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to raise money for the NHS Charities Together.
The Welsh Soprano speaks to Mark McKenzie of BFBS Scotland, saying:
“It is a song of hope, and Dame Vera and I sing this in honour (and in aid) of our superhero NHS workers and their families.”
The Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major General Rob Thomson, is a bit of a history buff. He’s been chatting to Anthony Ballard to reflect on what VE Day means to him and those in Cyprus.
We'll be catching up with the Royal British Legion as they encourage all of us in the UK to join a national day of remembrance and thanksgiving with a host of activities.
Military charities worldwide are using their ingenuity to think up new ways for families to mark VE Day virtually.
Plus, we’ll be hearing first-hand accounts from a number of Second World War veterans on their memories of VE Day and what the 75th anniversary commemorations means to them.
You can read all our VE Day stories here.