Four Hours at the Capitol: when was the Capitol Building stormed, what happened, and how many people died?

The US Capitol is home to the two chambers of the US government that make up Congress - the House of Representatives and the Senate

Four Hours at the Capitol will air on BBC Two on Tuesday evening (20 October), featuring exclusive footage and interviews from the storming of the US Capitol.

But when was the Capital Building stormed, what happened and how many people died?

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When was the US Capitol stormed?

The US Capitol, which is home to the two chambers of the US government that make up Congress - the House of Representatives and the Senate - was stormed on 6 January 2021.

A rally in support of President Donald Trump quickly turned violent when thousands of attendees stormed the US Capitol building.

The chaos in the nation’s capital began at a "Save America" rally at the Ellipse, a park located near the White House, where former US President Donald Trump incited his supporters to march to Capitol Hill, where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Trump had said: “We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue... and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… our Republicans, the weak ones... the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country."

After breaching through barricades and security checkpoints, the protesters were inside the building, which caused lawmakers to take shelter and the building to be put into lockdown.

Gunshots were heard inside the building, with several thousand National Guard troops, FBI agents and US Secret Service deployed to help.

After growing condemnation of the riots, President Trump eventually called for calm, telling the protesters to leave peacefully: "Go home. We love you, you’re very special."

The building was eventually cleared and made secure, but four people sadly died.

What will Four Hours at the Capitol show?

According to the BBC synopsis, the Four Hours at the Capitol programme will show: “A journey into the thick of January’s storming of the US Capitol, featuring exclusive footage and interviews with the people at the heart of the action, many of whom are speaking publicly for the first time.

“In this immersive, character-driven account, protesters, rioters, police officers and members of the US Congress and Senate recount their experiences in startling detail.

“Frontline police officers reveal how they engaged in bloody hand-to-hand combat with thousands of rioters armed with tasers, sledgehammers, baseball bats and knives, while some from among the rioters explain how they broke through the police lines.”

What time will it be on TV?

Four Hours at the Capitol will be on BBC Two at 9pm on Wednesday (20 October).