Arrow Media are making two films to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, both of which are presented by Dermot O’Leary. The first will be broadcast on Sunday 13 September at 7pm and is called Battle of Britain: Last of the Few. The second will go out at 8pm on Battle of Britain Day, Tuesday 15 September, and will be a highlights programme about the day’s massed scramble at Goodwood, where there are expected to be something like forty Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Blenheim taking to the skies.
I’m the historical consultant on both and on-screen ‘expert’ and it should be good, I think. I’ve done some filming with Dermot, who is not only a lovely fellow but also knows his stuff. The scramble on 15 September is going to be incredible, but will also be proving why Big Wings were a little cumbersome to put up into the air. The plan is that once airborne, they will fly en masse over Selsey Bill then disperse over different parts of the country so that as many people as possible will be able to see some of them on this historic anniversary day.