1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance


The campaign featured documentaries, dramas and live events across BBCs One, Two, Four and radio programming both on network radio and across the BBC's radio stations in the nations and regions.


My Family at War
3-5 November 10:35, final programme 11 November 21:00
Four-part series taking a selection of well-known faces on a journey in search of their own family war stories.

Festival of Remembrance
Saturday 8 November, 21:00-22:45
Coverage of the Royal British Legion's Festival from the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Remembrance Sunday: the Cenotaph
Sunday 9 November, 10:30-12:10
Live coverage of the Ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph, presented by David Dimbleby and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. Also on BBC HD.

Songs of Praise - Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 9 November, 17:10-17:45
Hymns of Remembrance coming from Shrewsbury's Civic and Regimental Church of St Chad's. Presented by Aled Jones with guests Andrew Motion and Robert Hardy.

A Woman in Love and War: Vera Brittain
Sunday 9 November, 17:45-18:40
Dramatisation of the life of Vera Brittain, who worked as a volunteer nurse during the First World War. Presented by Jo Brand.

Live From the Cenotaph - Last Voices of a Generation
Tuesday, 11 November, 10:00-11:15
The Remembrance ceremony in the presence of the last three surviving veterans leading the country in two minute silence.

(West only)

Inside Out West - Private Harry Patch
Wednesday 12 November, 19:30-20:00
Harry Patch returns to his Great War battlefield to place a memorial stone.


Timewatch - The Last Day of World War One
Saturday 1 November, 20:15-21:15
Presented by Michael Palin telling the story of the final moments leading up to the 11:00 ceasefire on 11 November 1918.

BBC Four

Tuesdays 20:00, Thursdays 19:40, 21 October-11 November
Repeat of this seven-part series. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench.

A Poem for Harry
Monday 3 November, 20:00-20:30
Andrew Motion's poem written for 110-year-old WW1 veteran Harry Patch.

Monday 3 November, 21:00-22:30
Documentary, presented by Professor David Reynolds of Cambridge University, looking beyond the sombre clichés of Remembrance Day.

Friday 7 November, 23:45
Film adapation of the WW1 novel by Pat Barker.

Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale
Sunday 9 November, 19:00-20:00
An examination of the celebrated war poet, presented by Jeremy Paxman.

The Edwardians in Colour - The Soldiers' Story
Tuesday 9 November, 20:00-21:00

Walter's War
Sunday 9 November, 21:00-22:00
Drama written by award-winning Kwame Kwei-Armah, inspired by the life of Walter Tull.

The Edwardians in Colour - The Civilians' Story
Monday 10 November, 19:30-20:30

In Search of Spanish Flu
Monday 10 November, 23:30-00:00

What Did You Do in the Great War, Daddy?
Tuesday 11 November, 23:00-00:00
Documentary telling the tragic story of the greatest loss of fathers in British history.

Walter Tull: Forgotten Hero
Thursday 13 November, 20:00-21:00 and Thursday 14 November, 01:30-2:30
Documentary about the first division footballer who became the first black officer of the British Army, presented by Nick Bailey.

Private Harry Patch
Tuesday 24 November, 19:30-20:00
Harry Patch returns to his Great War battlefield to place a memorial stone.

BBC Radio 2

Private Peaceful
7, 14, 21 and 28 November, 21:15-21:30
Repeat of Robson Green reading from Michael Morpurgo's book set during WW1.

Festival of Remembrance
Saturday 8 November, 20:00-23:00
The Royal British Legion's Festival from the Royal Albert Hall.

Good Morning Sunday
Sunday 9 November, 07:00-09:05
Presented by Aled Jones with guest children's author Terry Deary.

Sunday Half Hour
Sunday 9 November, 20:30-21:00
Brian D'Arcy marks Remembrance Sunday with a selection of hymns to commemorate the fallen. Featured choir is from Royal Holloway University in London.

The Jeremy Vine Show
Tuesday 11 November, 12:00-14:00
Special coverage to mark Remembrance.

70, Not Out Campaign
When was the last time you spoke to your elderly parent or grandparent about their life? BBC Radio 2 - as part of its '70, not out!' campaign - wants you to go and talk to an elderly relative or friend and get 'the memory which can't be taken to the grave'. Log onto the website to share that memory with others...

BBC Radio 3

Discovering Music - Vaughan Williams and the Lost Generation
Sunday 9 November, 17:00-18:30
Stephen Johnson looks at three English masterpieces in the context of the First World War.

The Choir
Sunday 9 November, 18:30-20:00
Aled Jones presents a complete performance of Britten's War Requiem.

Drama on 3 - All Quiet On the Western Front
Sunday 9 November, 20:00-21:30
90-minute drama based on Erich Maria Remarque's book about life in the German trenches.

Sunday Feature - Rebellion and Fear
Sunday 9 November, 21:30-22:15
45-minute documentary presented by art critic Richard Cork about less familiar poets and painters reaction to the war.

BBC Radio 4

Tracing Your Roots
Friday 7 November, 15:00-15:30
Special telling untold stories of World War One.

Sunday Worship
Sunday 9 November, 08:10-08:50
Live from the Christ Church, Carmarthen.

Ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph
Sunday 9 November, 10:30-11:45
Special live coverage. Presented by Nicholas Witchell.

The Menin Gate
Sunday 9 November, 11:45-12:00
An insightful contribution from Professor Jay Winter, on the significance of the Menin Gate in the Belgian city of Ypres, built as a monument to the tens of thousands of Allied soldiers who have no known remains.

Nobody Told Me To Oil My Boots
Sunday 9 November, 16:30-17:00
Sir Anthony Sher tells the story of the 'lost poet' of the trenches, Issac Rosenberg.

BBC Radio 7

Not About Heroes
Sunday 9 November, 09:30-11:00
Drama on WW1 poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen's
first meeting.

Memorials to the Missing
Tuesday 11 November, 10:15-11:00
Stephen Wyatt's play about the creation of an Imperial War Graves Commission to record the graves of those killed in action.

Tuesday 11-Thursday 13 November, 11:00-12:00
Dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks' WW1 novel starring Toby Stephens.

BBC Radio Scotland

Keepsakes of Conflict: Remembering World War One
Sunday 9 November, 11:30-13:30
Mark Stephen discovers some of the photographs, letters and diaries that help us to remember, 90 years after the end of World War One.

BBC Local Radio

Coverage of the campaign across the BBC's stations in the nations and regions.

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