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29 October 2014
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BBC ONE drama documentary scheduled for D-Day 2004

BBC ONE has commissioned a 120-minute factual drama documentary to mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings next year.

D-Day (working title) offers a gripping approach to historical storytelling, interweaving powerful performances, stunning visuals and original archive to bring to life the true stories of the men and women involved in the largest air and seaborne invasion in history.

The film explores the massive effort of Allied planning, co-ordination and intelligence and deception which culminated in the invasion on 6 June 1944.

Filmed mainly in Normandy and the UK, D-Day tells the stories of major figures such as Eisenhower and Rommel, but also follows the fortunes of many unsung heroes, including members of the French Resistance, and officers and privates of the British and German armed forces.

"The programme will offer a unique insight into the bravery, heroism and sacrifice of those involved on this epic day, taking us back in time to give a true feeling of exactly how it felt to be at war," says Adam Kemp, Executive Producer, BBC Specialist Factual.

D-Day is a Dangerous Films production, directed by Richard Dale, produced by Tim Bradley and commissioned by the BBC's Specialist Factual Department.

The co-producers are Discovery (America), Telfrance for France 2 (France) and ProSieben (Germany).

"War and conflict drive ordinary people to extraordinary things," says Richard Dale, Director and Executive Producer. "This is history, but it's as true for us today as it was sixty years ago. It's engaging, human, real and relevant."

D-Day will be part of a full programme of events and specials being planned by the BBC around the D-Day anniversary.

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