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BBC plans unveils programme to mark Falklands War

LONDON - The BBC has unveiled TV, radio, and online coverage to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War, when British forces liberated the islands after the Argentine invasion.

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The war began on April 2 1982, when Argentine troops under control of the military junta in Buenos Aires invaded the islands and took control of its capital Port Stanley, overpowering a small force of Royal Marines.

This Sunday, weekend correspondent Brian Hanrahan, whose reports became synonymous with the conflict, presents a history of the campaign on BBC Parliament.

This will be followed on Monday April 2 at 8pm on BBC Radio 4 with 'A Dangerous Interface' which tells the full story of Britain's political and intelligence failure in advance of the Argentine invasion.

The BBC will be broadcasting live from special commemorative events being held to mark the Falklands anniversary, both in the UK and in the Falklands, on Thursday June 14 and Sunday June 17.

BBC News will also cover the events, and the BBC News website is already running features and images from the Falklands then, and now. The site will include photo journals and analysis.

BBC Two will be showing docu–drama 'Sea Of Fire' looking at the demise of HMS Coventry which came under attack from Argentine Skyhawks jets, killing crew members and sinking the ship in minutes. The Coventry was sunk along with RFA Sir Tristram and HMS Antelope.

There is also a film being planned about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the run-up to the war by Pathe and BBC Films.

It will cover the tense political period before the conflict between the UK and Argentina and is being produced by Damian Jones, who was behind the recent film version of Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys'.

"The proposed film will be a revealing and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher as she battles to save her career in the 17 days immediately preceding the war," Pathe said in a statement.

Other coverage includes 'Falklands Night: Booktalk' on BBC Parliament where Mark D'Arcy talks to Hugh Bicheno and Major General Julian Thompson about their books on the Falklands war, twenty–five years on from the conflict.

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