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BBC One emphasises unity with £272m summer line-up

LONDON - Events that bring the nation together, from the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the Olympic Games, are at the core of the BBC's £272m spring and summer schedule season, as well as new drama.

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Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC One, said that the line-up underlined the public service broadcaster's role of bringing the nation together to celebrate and commemorate big events.

"It's important that people know they can switch to BBC One when we cover those moments of great joy or deep reflection: from D-Day veterans reunited on the Normandy beaches, or the tension from the stadium as the athletes warm up for a gold medal win," she said.

BBC One will lead a series of initiatives across the corporation with live coverage of the D-Day Memorial Event and the veterans' march past on the D-Day anniversary itself, complemented by a new drama to mark the occasion.

The drama, 'D-Day', will look to tell some of the ordinary stories of those who took part and their place in history, as it also unravels the jigsaw of events surrounding the planning and the execution of the largest seaborne invasion the world has ever seen.

Being the Noughties the BBC also has a reality-TV take on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Europe in 'Destination D-Day: Raw Recruits'.

The show takes 19 young men, guided by D-Day veterans, and puts them through the preparations and training exercises that their grandfathers might have experienced 60 years ago.

Andrew Davies, who adapted 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Vanity Fair', is back with a new drama and another literary adaptation. This time he takes Anthony Trollope's novel 'He Knew He Was Right', where an apparently ideal marriage goes disastrously wrong. It stars Bill Nighy and Anna Massey.

James Nesbitt stars in a new Tony Marchant drama 'Passer By', where one man has to learn to live with the consequences of not taking action. There's a fresh police drama as Don Gilet and Dervla Kirwan join forces for '55 Degrees North' set in Newcastle.

The computer technology that brought us 'Walking with Dinosaurs' accompanies Kevin Whately in a new comedy loosely based on the real-life adventures of Butch and Sundance, two pigs that escaped from a Wiltshire abattoir and had Fleet Street on the run.

As the Olympic Games return to their country of birth, the BBC has exclusive coverage of the event featuring 10,000 athletes competing in 37 disciplines.

The BBC will deliver the Olympic Games not only on television and interactive TV but also live via broadband.

To complement the Olympic Games, BBC One sails back in time to revisit the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece with Olympic gold medal winner and 'Songs of Praise' presenter Jonathan Edwards. The triple jumper explores the meaning of these myths, what they reveal about ancient Greek religion and their resonances in contemporary life.

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