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The BBC will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a range of programmes, beginning with the live commemorative event being attended by the Queen and US President Donald Trump. (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The BBC will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a range of programmes, beginning with the live commemorative event being attended by the Queen and US President Donald Trump. (Anthony Devlin/PA)

By Julia Hunt

The BBC will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a range of programmes, beginning with the live commemorative event being attended by the Queen and US President Donald Trump.

D-Day 75: A Tribute To Heroes (9.15am to 1pm on BBC One on June 5) will tell the story of the planning by the Allied Forces, which paved the way for the invasion of Normandy.

Known as D-Day, the mission would prove a decisive turning point in the Second World War.

The programme will feature live coverage of the national commemorative event on Southsea Common, Portsmouth - which is being attended by the Queen, Prince Charles and Mr Trump - as well as veteran testimony, theatrical performances and musical numbers, culminating in a flypast featuring old and new aircraft and the Red Arrows.

Huw Edwards will anchor the broadcast from a studio on Southsea Common.

On Wednesday evening, for The One Show, Dan Snow will broadcast live from a ship taking veterans to Normandy (7pm to 8pm on BBC One).

The following day BBC One will be live from Bayeux War Cemetery in Normandy with D-Day 75: Remembering The Fallen (9:15pm to 1pm), which will see the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and other foreign dignitaries join veterans for a special service.

Throughout the programme, Sophie Raworth will be joined by special guests in the studio and will hear testimony from those who witnessed the invasions first hand.

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