Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2017

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2017

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Review

This annual event to honour British servicemen and women who have died serving their country never really changes. Yet it’s still one of the most moving ceremonies on TV, full of the finest British pomp and pageantry.

Among those performing in front of the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall are Melanie C, Emeli Sandé and Tom Odell, as well as festival stalwarts Alfie Boe and Lesley Garrett. This year the ceremony marks the centenary of the First World War Battle of Passchendaele and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, while there are also tributes to the way the British military is supporting communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the work of the emergency services in response to terrorist attacks this year. As always a host of poppy petals will fall as a reminder of those who have lost their lives.

You can follow the service and march past at the Cenotaph tomorrow on BBC1 at 10.20am or see highlights on BBC2 at 6pm.

Summary

Huw Edwards hosts the annual Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall. Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell, Melanie Chisholm, Alfie Boe and Lesley Garrett are among the performers joining the Queen's Colour Squadron and the Royal Marines Band in paying tribute to the men and women who have died in combat since the First World War. The event concludes with the now-iconic poppy petal shower, which sees thousands of poppy petals rain down on the assembled audience - among which sits Her Majesty the Queen - as a symbol of each life lost.

Cast & Crew

Host Huw Edwards
Performer Emeli Sandé
Performer Tom Odell
Performer Melanie Chisholm
Performer Alfie Boe
Performer Lesley Garrett
Executive Producer Claire Popplewell
Producer Rosheen Archer
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