The Battle of Britain at 75
On Friday 18th September 2015 Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary & Sophie Raworth shared the incredible story of “The Battle of Britain” live from the Biggin Hill airfield.
Using the words of those who experienced it first hand, the presenters were joined on stage by a team of actors, lead by Simon Callow and Martin Shaw.
Music, performed by BBC Concert Orchestra and the RAF Squadronaires, underscored the entire production and featured special performances from several artists including Pixie Lott & The Shires.
During World War 2, Biggin Hill was an RAF military base and it played a key role in defending the UK from the Luftwaffe. Although now mainly used as a commercial airfield, elements of its original purpose still remain which made it an emotive venue for the concert.
Radio 2 dedicated the whole day to commemorating this monumental event in British history, and both the Chris Evans Breakfast Show & Jeremy Vine Show came live from the airfield.
Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, said the day was, “A very special and fitting tribute to honour all those who took park [in the Battle of Britain], those who lost their lives and those very few veterans still alive today who were there.”
Radio 2 listeners and viewers on Red Button took to social media and expressed their thoughts on the event. Here is some of the reaction:
“A truly wonderful programme. Well done BBC, broadcasting at it’s very best.”
“Another fabulous BBC production! Informative, moving and a great tribute to those who gave so much for us.”
“I got chills when the Spitfire started up outside.”
“Glad you’ve used the Red Button to bring the broadcast to life.”
The concert was a TBI Media & Snappin’ Turtle production for Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.