VE Day - BBC Coverage

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

The celebrations are obviously going to be rather different to the original plans, but there's still plenty to watch on TV.

The BBC is providing extensive coverage of this year’s VE Day celebrations, marking 75 years since peace came to the streets of Europe and the horrors of World War Two came to an end on this continent.

On BBC1 at 2.45pm you can hear Churchill’s announcement of victory. At 8pm the musical extravaganza starts. Stars lined up to entertain us include classical singer Katherine Jenkins, actor Adrian Lester, Strictly professional Anton Du Beke, East Enders actors Shane Richie and Emma Barton, soul singer Beverley Knight and Call the Midwife actress Helen George. There will be renditions of much-loved tunes from the 1930s and ’40s including Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover and When the Lights Go On Again. The performances will lead up to a stunning finale at the end of the night, featuring a national sing-along of Vera Lynn’s rousing number We’ll Meet Again.

While the event has been put together during lockdown, we’re not expecting the performers to be singing from their own homes. Instead they will be filmed singing (in a socially distanced way) from Buckingham Palace. The show will also feature contributions from World War Two veterans and a message from the Queen herself at 9pm, which is the exact time her father King George VI spoke to the nation three quarters of a century ago.

The BBC says: “It may seem an impossible task in these exceptional times, but with some ingenious technology and plucky determination we can unite as a country to celebrate VE Day as never before, and lift our spirits in honour of our greatest generation.”