2017 Invictus Games on the BBC
BBC One continues its commitment to the Invictus Games with more coverage on the channel than ever before, a presenter line-up of all Paralympic and/or Invictus Games Sport experts, and a 1x60 documentary which shines a light on four of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 competitors from the UK Armed Forces Team.
BBC One is once again proudly dedicating an entire week of coverage to the Invictus Games, bringing together an extraordinary team of Invictus Games and Paralympic sport experts to guide viewers throughout.
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 programming is made by BBC Studios and begins on BBC One on Sunday 17 September with a 1x60 documentary Invictus: Battle To The Start Line, narrated by actress Carmen Ejogo (Selma). Coverage of the games themselves are on BBC One every evening from Sunday 24 September - Sunday 1 October 2017.
Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event open to all wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans. For the 2017 Invictus Games, over 770 people registered their interest for the 90 person strong UK team and over 300 hopefuls trialled for the squad.
JJ Chalmers, Ade Adepitan and Daraine Mulvihill lead the coverage in live shows from the BBC’s studio in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. Joining the studio presenters, and providing a backdrop of expert opinion and insight into the individual sporting events, are Rachael Latham and Steve Brown.
This year welcomes two new members of the commentating team: Team GB Track and Field Paralympian Stef Reid and two times Invictus Games Gold Medallist Jaco van Gass.
Charlotte Moore, Director, Content says: “BBC One is once again proudly dedicating an entire week of coverage to the Invictus Games, bringing together an extraordinary team of Invictus Games and Paralympic sport experts to guide viewers throughout. Kicking off with the documentary Invictus: Battle To The Start Line, BBC One's coverage will shine a light on the incredible stories behind the UK team - we wish them all the best for Toronto 2017.”
Presenter and Invictus Games 2014 competitor JJ Chalmers says: “It is such an honour to present The Invictus Games for the BBC and to be able to shine a light on the incredible competitors by telling their stories, following them up close in action and sharing in their triumphs. As a previous Invictus Games competitor myself, I know first-hand the incredible atmosphere that surrounds the games. I can’t wait to bring audiences the latest news and highlights from Toronto, so you too can witness the thrilling competition, humbling performances and life changing sporting moments.”
Guy Freeman, Editor Special Events and Formats, BBC Studios says: “ We couldn’t be more proud to be covering the third Invictus Games even more comprehensively than before and with such a brilliant team of presenters, reporters and experts who will be bringing the spirit, humanity and joy of the games to our screens every night of the week.“
Also for 2017, across its range of social media accounts and website, BBC Sport will give fans a chance to get even closer to the games with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and latest news.
The Executive Producer is Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events & Formats, BBC Studios. It is Series Produced by Tom Cuckson and Ben Duncan is the Producer/Director of the documentary. The Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment is Sarah Clay.
Full listings can be found under Programme Information