D-day comes to life in multimedia re-enactment
THE D-Day landings will be recreated in real-time in a series of television shows and online events later this year. British TV station Channel 4 will broadcast programs, presented by Peter Snow, that follow the fates of seven people who took part in the 1944 Normandy landings including a paratrooper, a submariner and a nurse using archive film, radio reports and other records. Viewers will also be able to go online and keep up to date with their progress on Twitter when D-Day: As It Happens airs in the UK on June 5 and 6. ‘‘On June 5th and 6th, when we play out the experiences of our D-Day seven in real time, at the precise minute of the precise hour at which they actually occurred 69 years ago, hopefully the viewer will be given something of the feeling of being caught up in a live event,’’ executive producer Ian Duncan says. Thousands of Allied troops landed in France on D-Day near the end of World War II.
– ROBERT DEX