Belfast Telegraph

Dermot O'Leary to present Battle of Britain documentaries

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."


From Belfast Telegraph