Channel 4 to commemorate D-Day with 24 hour real-time coverage
24-hour live history event D-Day: As It Happens will recreate the events of D-Day through TV, online, mobile and social media this June.
By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online
3:51PM BST 29 Apr 2013
Channel 4 are encouraging viewers to immerse themselves in the events of D-Day, by recreating them in real time through two TV programmes on June 5 and 6,
D-Day: As It Happens will tell the story of D-Day through two 60-minute programmes, 24 hours apart, which will follow seven real people, including a paratrooper, a midget submariner, a nurse and a military cameraman, their backstories and the missions they must undertake during the landings.
The programmes have been constructed using the findings of historian Colin Henderson, who has spent 15 years analysing archive film, photographs and radio reports to establish the actions of specific individuals during D-Day.
John Hay, who commissioned D-Day: As It Happens, says that recalling events in real-time is “amazingly powerful”.
The two programmes will be followed up by short TV updates and an online and social media feed which will trace the minute-by-minute happenings of the day.
16 Dec 2012
25 Apr 2013
27 Apr 2013
10 Apr 2013
Hay says: “I think there will be an interest in what happens to these people. The first programme introduces them, and over the next 24 hours you can trace their progress, which will keep you watching.
“Not all of them have a good time.”
The TV updates will be presented by Peter Snow and Paralympics presenter Arthur Williams, a former marine. Former British Army officer Colonel Tim Collins and front-line journalist Lorna War will provide expert insight.
The individual characters, some of whom are still alive, have been brought to life via the vast amount of records taken of D-Day at the time. Hay explains: “It’s all factual, all of their words are things they’ve written or said themselves in records”.
Executive Producer Ian Duncan says: “D-Day was one of the most photographed days in British history, covered by over 50 cameramen specially trained by the military.
“When we play out the experiences of our D-Day seven in real time, at the precise minute at which they actually occurred 69 years ago, hopefully the viewer will be caught up in a live event.”