BBC launches campaign to commemorate 90th anniversary of Armistice

LONDON - The BBC is launching a series of remembrance documentaries, dramas and live events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War.

In the days leading up to November 11, the series, entitled '1918-2008: Ninety Years Of Remembrance', will run across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and online.

BBC One is set to broadcast several programmes including 'My Family At War', which features eight TV presenters uncovering emotional war stories about their own families including comedienne Jo Brand.

It will also broadcast the main event, 'Festival Of Remembrance', on November 11.

BBC Two is featuring a 'Timewatch' documentary on WWI, hosted by Michael Palin that will look at who were the last soldiers to die in the First World War.

Palin tells the story of the final days, hours and minutes leading up to the 11.00am ceasefire on November 11 1918, revealing the personal stories of the last men to be killed in action.

Despite the fact that the Armistice between the Allies and Germany was signed at 5.00am, that morning United States forces alone recorded a staggering 3,500 casualties.

BBC Four is airing two films, 'Armistice' and 'Walter's War'. 'Armistice' looks beyond the sombre cliches of Remembrance Day to uncover the unexpected and often tragically absurd tales of what really happened between the German request for ceasefire in early October 1918 and the Armistice on November 11.

'Walter's War' is inspired by the life of Walter Tull, the first black officer to lead British troops during the First World War.

The corporation has set up a dedicated remembrance webpage that features a wall of remembrance, on which people can post family artefacts, photographs and memories.

There will be radio programming on network radio and across the BBC's radio stations, as well as free, local events.

Louise Wordsworth, BBC Learning campaign executive, said: "We want to help people re-engage with the act of remembrance on a personal level by encouraging them to share their family stories of the Great War and learn about what happened to the soldiers that came from their local areas.

"I think it's true to say that we are all somehow connected to the events of 1914-1918 and this is a real chance for people to find out how their own families were affected."

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