The Great Escape (PG) Gala Screening

Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening featuring Britain’s Got Talent finalists The D-Day Darlings and special guests, culminating with a gala screening of the remastered 1963 cult film starring Steve McQueen, The Great Escape.

The live show from the Apollo Hammersmith will feature classic songs such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and a specially created arrangement of the iconic The Great Escape 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.

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

This anniversary event supports the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity, in its centenary year.

Sunday 24 March 5.45pm

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