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BBC TV commemorates Trafalgar 200 with a bang

Category: Factual & Arts TV

Date: 05.10.2005
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On Friday 21 and Sunday 23 October, BBC Television commemorates the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, in which Nelson and the gallant crews of his outnumbered fleet scuppered Napoleon's plans to invade Britain.


On Friday 21 October, Huw Edwards and Neil Oliver present Nelson's Glorious Victory - live coverage as Her Majesty The Queen leads events to mark Trafalgar Day.


After a day of celebrations, the first in a chain of nearly 1,000 beacons will be lit by the Queen in Portsmouth alongside Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.


Other members of the Royal Family will be among the many lighting beacons across the UK.


The programme also explores the historical significance of Trafalgar, as well as reflecting on Nelson's reputation as a leader, his brushes with authority and his colourful private life.


The finale of the celebrations in Portsmouth are provided by The Band of HM Royal Marines, Portsmouth, who will Beat Retreat before a spectacular recreation of a Broadside is fired from all of HMS Victory's starboard guns.


On Sunday 23 October, Dan Snow and Neil Oliver present Legend and Legacy from the Trafalgar 200 spectacular Grand Finale in London's Trafalgar Square as they embark on a journey to explore the military legacy of Nelson and Trafalgar.


Dan looks at how Nelson's style of leadership and strategic ingenuity moulded today's naval tactics and charts the role of the Royal Navy in the 21st century; and Neil finds out how Nelson was a revered public figure in his lifetime and how he has been immortalised through images after his heroic death.


The programme also reviews the year's Trafalgar 200 events, including the spectacular burning of a 120 foot replica of HMS Victory; the planting of 150,000 new trees in Victory Wood, Canterbury, Kent; and the fantastic scenes from this summer's fleet review in the Solent.


Nelson's Glorious Victory and Legend and Legacy will be shown on BBC TWO on Friday 21 and Sunday 23 October.



Category: Factual & Arts TV

Date: 05.10.2005
Printable version


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