Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Dermot O'Leary to present Battle of Britain documentaries

Published 05/08/2015

Dermot O'Leary is to present two documentaries about the Battle of Britain
Dermot O'Leary is to present two documentaries about the Battle of Britain

Dermot O'Leary is to front two new documentaries commemorating the Battle of Britain.

Channel 4 is marking the 75th anniversary of the battle by organising a fly-past involving an estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes, the most to come together in one place since the Second World War.

O'Leary will front Battle of Britain: The Last of the Few, remembering the heroes who saved Britain from Nazi invasion, and Heroes Fly Again, featuring the ambitious aviation feat.

The former X Factor presenter said: "I'm always fascinated by the human interest side of the Battle of Britain, ordinary people in extraordinary situations. I have met and interviewed some incredible people. It has never been more important to tell their story."

The Battle of Britain saw thousands of brave British and Allied airmen wage a continuous three-month campaign against the German Luftwaffe in 1940, preventing Hitler's plan to invade Britain.

The Last of the Few will air on Sunday September 13, featuring the last surviving veterans sharing their first-hand memories of the battle.

Heroes Fly Again, which will pay tribute to the heroes with the spectacular air stunt, is due to air two days later on Tuesday September 15.

Channel 4 commissioning editor Rob Coldstream said : "This is probably the last significant commemoration that the surviving 'Few' will be able to join. I hope we can bring a whole new young generation of viewers to understand the significance of the sacrifices that were made by these heroes 75 years ago."

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph