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The Great Escape with Dan Snow: A Gala Screening on the 75th Anniversary

On the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape, Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening screened live to cinemas across the UK. Featuring The D-Day Darlings and special guests, the event will include a gala screening of the remastered 1963 cult film, starring Steve McQueen.


The show will be screened live from London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and will feature Britain’s Got Talent finalists, performing classics such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and a specially created arrangement of the iconic theme tune.

Dan Snow will hear from veterans of the Second World War’s most daring escape and will explore the history and science behind the operation with renowned historian Paul Beaver and Dr Hugh Hunt of the University of Cambridge. Audiences will discover how Squadron Leader Roger Bushell’s ingenious plan inspired one of the most famous war films of all time. The Triumph TR6 motorcycle, ridden by Steve McQueen in the dramatic fence-jump scene, will make a rare appearance on stage.

The film, also starring James Garner and Richard Attenborough and directed by John Sturgess, will be screened in stunning 4K and tells a fictionalised version of the real-life prisoner-of-war story.


Runtime

18.00 - Live Show

19.05 - Interval     

19.25 - Film - Part 1

20.55 - Interval     

21.10 - Film - Part 2

22.30 - END


Event Information

Running Time: 4hrs 30mins

BBFC Advice: PG

Director(s): John Sturges

Country of Origin: USA

Year of release:

Language(s): English, German, French

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