Now this sounds like a fascinating way to find out more about the history of British battles! To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the BBC is broadcasting The Battle of Britain season where a number of compelling history programmes will be shown across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4. The season celebrates the courage and sacrifices of those who fought during this period, and really brings to life history for modern audiences (I will definitely be tuning in!).
A particular highlight is BBC1’s one-off documentary, The Real Battle of Britain, featuring actor Ewan McGregor and his RAF pilot brother, Colin. The pair relive the experiences of young airmen during the Second World War by flying together across the skies of England in a fighter aircraft. This should make gripping viewing as the programme promises to capture Ewan’s first rush of excitement, pressure and strain of air combat and Colin’s views on comparing a Spitfire to a modern RAF fighter jet.
The BBC2 is also offering a drama, First Light, based on the best-selling memoirs by Geoffrey Wellum. It tells the story of 19 year old Geoffrey - who was one of the youngest pilots to participate in the Battle of Britain, despite never having flown a Spitfire before.
This sounds like must-see viewing to me and is sure to provide some great insight into the Second World War and the lives of the people who lived during this time!
It all kicks off from early September (stay tuned for a confirmed broadcast date), and the BBC Archive’s Battle of Britain collection is available to view now. Just head over to the website.