Remembrance Day 2021 on TV: what programmes are on BBC to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Day takes place on November 11, with a two minutes silence held across the country at 11am

BBC One will air the Remembrance Sunday parade live, as well as showing highlights later on Sunday evening

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, is held annually across Great Britain, as a tribute to those who fought in and lost their lives during the first World War.

While Remembrance Day is held on November 11 every year, the day the war ended, Remembrance Sunday is generally the day when people across the UK commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

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Therefore, many tune into the Royal British Legion’s festival, as well as more formal occasions held across the weekend, in order to remember our fallen heroes.

Here are all the programmes which will air across November 13-14, what they are about and when they start on TV.

Remembrance Day and Sunday TV guide

While November 11 is the official day of remembrance, there are no scheduled programmes set to air on freeview TV.

Instead, the weekend will see several shows dedicated to remembering military personnel from prior wars.

Saturday 13 November

BBC Two 4.20pm - Dancing in the Blitz: How World War II make British Ballet

In this documentary, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley, looks back at how ballet thrived during WWII. Using rare and previously unseen archive footage, Bintley explores how the then Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, led by Ninette de Valois and featuring stars such as Margot Fonteyn and Frederick Ashton, escaped an encounter with Nazi forces in the Netherlands.

Bintley tells how dancing continued as the Blitz wiped out much of Britain, and how ballet was shaped by the events before emerging post-war as the Royal Ballet.

BBC One 9pm - Royal British Legion festival of Remembrance 2021

Huw Edwards presents this tribute to those who died during the First World War, as well as celebrating 100 years of the poppy.

Senior members of the Royal Family will attend the Royal Albert Hall in London, as  artists including Alfie Boe, Cynthia Erivo, Gregory Porter, Jack Savoretti and Alexandra Burke perform with The Band of HM Royal Marines, The Central Band of The Royal Air Force and the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.

Tomos Roberts will also read his commissioned poem to commemorate 100 years of the poppy.

Sunday 14 November

BBC One 10.15am - Remembrance Sunday with David Dimbleby

The Queen could likely attend the event, which will be her first formal outing since spending a night in hospital last month (Picture: Getty)

David Dimbleby presents live coverage from the Cenotaph as members of the royal family, the Government, the Commonwealth and the armed forces gather in Westminster for the National Service of Remembrance.

Those in attendance will participate in the two minutes silence at 11am, followed by wreath laying at the foot of the Cenotaph.

Following a scaled back event last year, this celebration will see the march past of veterans return and members of the public will once again be able to attend the event. The coverage will also include stories of the fallen, of heroic acts and remarkable tales of survival.

Military personnel attend a wreath laying at the Stone of Remembrance in Edinburgh in 2019 (Picture: Getty Images)

BBC One 1.15pm - Songs of Praise Remembrance Sunday special

Sean Fletcher will be joined by Christian veterans at The Imperial War Museum, Manchester for this Remembrance Sunday special, and Pam Rhodes marks 100 years of The Royal British Legion and its poppy appeal.

BBC Two 6.50pm - Remembrance Sunday highlights with David Dimbleby

Highlights from the morning’s events, taking a look at the march and telling remarkable stories of fallen heroes, survival and victory.