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28/06/2010

'Real War' For Remembrance Week TV

The reality of how war touches lives, past and present, is to be told in a week of special programmes commemorating Remembrance Sunday on BBC One Daytime.
Remembrance Week, in November, presented by Rav Wilding (Crimewatch, Helicopter Heroes), will feature interviews with people whose incredible stories span decades and conflicts, from the Second World War through to the current Afghan conflict.
Celebrating the courage and bravery of the people involved, it will hear directly from serving and retired members of the UK Armed Forces, as well as civilians and their families. It will also reveal stories from those touched and affected by war in different and sometimes unusual ways, from miners and teachers on the home front, to those who nursed and entertained the troops on the frontline.
Each episode will include feature interviews, archive footage, personal photos, letters and diaries right through to recent conflicts such as the Falklands, Balkans and Gulf Wars.
Rav Wilding said: "Remembrance Week will not only reveal the incredible and emotive stories from individuals who have fought and are still fighting, but also be an uplifting and inspiring series about bravery, camaraderie and companionship.
"As an ex-soldier myself, supporting our troops is so important to me so I'm thrilled to be presenting such an important series."
Liam Keelan, BBC Daytime Controller, who commissioned the series said: "BBC Daytime is proud to be devoting a week of special programming to mark Remembrance Day. It will be filled with stories of courage, emotion and sacrifice right through to the present day.
"The series reflects our commitment to bring the daytime audience more programmes which delve into social history as well as the issues they care passionately about."
The BBC Executive Producer is Gerard Melling, and the 5x45' series for BBC One Daytime is being made by Fever Media. The Executive Producer for Fever Media is David Mortimer.
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