The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy will be commemorated with D-Day Sacrifice, a two-hour special from the National Geographic Channel (NGC), and ITV docudrama If I Don’t Come Home – Letters From D-Day (pictured), both airing in June.
Nat Geo’s D-Day Sacrifice, which premieres June 4 at 9 p.m., takes viewers to the front lines for a look at the last days of the Second World War, when Allied troops descended on German forces in the northern coast of France. Starting from five months before the landings and covering the 80 days between D-Day and the liberation of Paris, the special will present exclusive testimonies and remastered archival footage.
D-Day Sacrifice is being produced by Paris-based prodco Clarke Costelle & Co. (CC&C), which is also making the special for French broadcaster TF1.
It will premiere globally on Nat Geo beginning in June.
Meanwhile, ITV has commissioned its factual division Shiver to produce the one-hour docudrama If I Don’t Come Home – Letters From D-Day, scheduled to air on June 5.
The doc – written and directed by Marion Milne - centers on four soldiers and their final letters home to loved ones. The letters are performed in dramatized readings by actors as well as the soldiers’ family members.
“As we mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, these letters provide a remarkable snapshot of the event as experienced by four young soldiers,” said Ollie Tait, executive producer at Shiver, in a statement. “If I Don’t Come Home – Letters From D-Day features their poignant last letters home, which give a heartbreaking insight into their feelings before they faced the most terrifying day of their lives.”