The BBC is marking Remembrance Week 2022 across television, radio, and online with a range of original and live programming, including the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2022 and the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph.
The BBC will observe the two-minutes silence on 11 November, and programmes including BBC Breakfast will reflect on the nation’s act of remembrance with coverage of events on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Tim Davie, BBC Director-General says: “We are very proud to bring remembrance content to our audiences across TV, radio, and online. All our programming will honour past and present members of the armed forces and pay respect to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Saturday 12 November
Lord Mayor’s Show
BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10.45am-12pm
Over 800 years of tradition and spectacle will fill the City’s streets as the new Lord Mayor of London is welcomed by crowds. Three miles of entertainment will be provided by over 6,000 participants and more than 200 horses, to create the world’s longest unrehearsed parade.
There’ll be an exclusive performance from Grease The Musical, military excellence from the Queen’s Colour Squadron and more. Over a hundred floats will be celebrating the theme of Children, Charity and Community.
The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 9pm-10.40pm
For the very first time since his accession to the throne, His Majesty King Charles III accompanied by The Queen Consort, members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, and senior members of the military will be in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall, as Huw Edwards presents The Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance.
On the evening of Saturday 12th November, the event honours the armed forces community for their service and sacrifice in defending our freedoms and way of life.
This year’s event will reflect on what service means to our armed forces, but also to the wider communities in this country and across the Commonwealth. The opening of Festival of Remembrance will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II and the 70 remarkable years of service and dedication Her Majesty gave throughout her reign, including as the Royal British Legion’s Patron and longest serving Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.
The 40th anniversary of the Falklands War will be commemorated as we recall the events of this conflict, remembering the service and sacrifice of so many.
There will be performances from multi award-winning tenor Andrea Bocelli, with his son Matteo and daughter Virginia, Hollywood actor and singer Luke Evans, Emmy Award winning actress and West End star Hannah Waddingham, plus musical theatre sensation Marisha Wallace will all perform alongside The Band of HM Royal Marines, The Royal Air Force Squadronaires, and the Bach Choir. The conclusion of the Festival will feature actress Shona McGarty alongside The Fourth Choir, together with spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur.
The event culminates in the act of remembrance and the iconic poppy drop. As the petals fall in the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival will pay tribute to all victims of war and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sunday 13 November
Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph
BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10.15am-12.30pm (highlights on BBC Two at 6.10pm-7.20pm)
For the first time as Monarch, King Charles III will lead the nation for the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.
As it has for more than one hundred years, the two-minute silence at 11 o’clock will be followed by the service and wreath laying as the nation remembers all those from the UK and the Commonwealth who died serving their country.
His Majesty will be joined by other members of the Royal Family, the Government, and the Armed Forces alongside representatives of the Commonwealth and faith communities who will gather in Westminster.
As nearly 10,000 veterans take part in The Royal British Legion March Past, David Dimbleby will present the live coverage from London on BBC One.
Sophie Raworth will speak with some of those taking part as they share their remarkable stories of courage and sacrifice.
Children's and Education
Friday, 11 November – Monday, 14 November
CBBC and CBeebies
To mark the two-minute silence at 11am on 11th November, CBeebies and CBBC will simulcast Poppies, an evocative, dialogue-free animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. The film is set to a score composed by Oscar-winning Steve Price (Gravity) and recorded by the BBC Philharmonic.
On CBeebies, a special episode of My First Festivals: Remembrance Day airs on 11th November at 11.05am while Time For School for a special episode to mark Remembrance and World War Two on 11th November at 11.45am. Treasure Champs will also return on 13th November at 4.15pm, with an episode about remembering life in the past and reminiscing on loved ones.
On CBBC, Horrible Histories’ Frightful First World War (11th November) and Heroic Home Front (14th November) episodes take a look at the grim realities of both wars while Operation Ouch! Goes Back In Time (14th November) and travels back to the First World War to find out how to fix a broken bone in the trenches.