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Remembering our heroes

Remembering our heroes

Pay tribute with fascinating documentaries, unmissable movies and live commemorations

As Britain prepares to honour those who fought in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts, discover what to watch this Sunday and beyond

Remembrance Sunday round-up

A moment to commemorate the contribution of the military and the servicemen and women who served Britain and the Commonwealth from 1914 onwards, Remembrance Sunday remains one of the most poignant days in our calendar.


From the official Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph to incredible documentaries and iconic movies told from the perspectives of both the UK and USA, learn even more about their remarkable stories this week with a host of unforgettable shows paying tribute to their incredible deeds. Here are six picks to watch out for…

Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph

Members of the royal family laying flowers at the Cenotaph

Sunday 10 November, 10am, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Members of the royal family, political figures and military representatives join thousands of veterans at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, to remember the men and women who fought in the First and Second World Wars and conflicts that came after.


The Guns Of Navarone

Still from The Guns Of Navarone

Sunday 10 November, 5.50pm, Sony Movies Action (CH 426)

To honour the memory of those who fought in the armed forces, Sony Movies Action is dedicating an entire day to some of the best war films of all time. Among the highlights is this classic 1961 adventure about a group of Allied soldiers tasked with destroying an imposing German fortress. Gregory Peck and David Niven star.


Memphis Belle In Colour

Sunday 10 November, 7pm, Smithsonian Channel HD (CH 295)

One of the most famous aircrafts deployed during the Second World War, Memphis Belle is the focus of this documentary by Oscar-winning Ben-Hur director William Wyler. Based in England, the Memphis Belle shot down eight German planes in battle and flew 29 bombing missions over France and Germany.


Battle Of Midway: The True Story

Monday 11 November, 8pm, Smithsonian Channel HD (CH 295)

In 1942, the United States Navy defeated a fleet of Japanese warships in the North Pacific Ocean. It was a pivotal moment in the Second World War. Using archive footage and interviews with historians and warfare experts, find out exactly why this American triumph – the country’s first in the Pacific – was so important to the Allied war effort.


The War

Still from The War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Monday 11 November, 10.15pm, PBS America (CH 273)

Produced and directed by documentary heavyweights Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, this fascinating series explores the Second World War from the USA’s perspective. Featuring eyewitness testimony and contemporary newspaper reports narrated by Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and Samuel L Jackson, it’s a thorough look at the conflict’s impact on America.


Britain In Colour: Churchill

Tuesday 12 November, 8pm, Smithsonian Channel HD (CH 295)

Get closer to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill than ever before in this vivid documentary that uses colourised archive footage to bring him to life. Exploring how the nation turned to Churchill in its moment of need, it is a unique look at arguably the most iconic figure in British political history.

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