Cinemas nationwide set to mark 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain

Updated: 21 August 2015

On 18 September, BBC Radio 2 will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a day of live broadcasts, including a screening at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth...

On Friday 18 September, BBC Radio 2 will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a day of live broadcasts from Biggin Hill, including a Friday Night Is Music Night special, which will be screened live via satellite at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth.

“It’s so important we remember and commemorate the sacrifices made by the men and women during World War II.” Chris Evans

The Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show will come live from Biggin Hill Airport, the most iconic of Britain’s fighter stations. Chris will also hear from the ‘Few’ and the ‘Many’ who helped protect the skies of Britain 75 years ago.

At the end of the show, he will take to the air in a two-seat Spitfire and broadcast live from the cockpit before travelling down to the White Cliffs of Dover where he’ll fly over the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust memorial.

The Jeremy Vine Show will also be live from Biggin Hill where he’ll be discussing the modern day Royal Air Force and the role they play more than seven decades on from the Battle of Britain. He will be joined by current RAF personnel for a discussion about how today's RAF is ‘securing the skies’ in 2015.

The day will culminate in a Friday Night Is Music Night special to commemorate the 75th anniversary.

‘The Battle Of Britain At 75’ live from Biggin Hill will tell the epic story of the greatest aerial conflict of the Second World War. Dermot O’Leary, Jeremy Vine and BBC News’ Sophie Raworth will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Rare archive footage from the conflict, modern day Royal Air Force personnel, guest singers and a cast of actors will bring those stories to life as we remember the men and women who took part 75 years ago.

A 30-minute programme – exclusive to cinemas – will include a close-up tour of a Spitfire and veteran fighter pilots recounting their memories of the Battle Of Britain.

The Battle Of Britain At 75’ comes from the producers of the multi-award-winning D-Day 70 Years On – a co-production with BBC, TBI Media & Snappin’ Turtle Productions.

The Battle Of Britain At 75’ screening via live satellite at Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH

18 September

7.30pm (Duration: 2½ hours)

Tickets:  £10 adults/concessions (no booking fee applies)

All profits will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Battle Of Britain Memorial Trust.