On March 18th at 9pm, our documentary “Happy 100th Birthday Dame Vera Lynn” was broadcast on BBC Two to an audience of over 2.2 million with an 11.6% share.
The documentary is a celebratory look back over the life of Dame Vera Lynn: her extensive career, her time entertaining the troops on the front line in Burma, and her more private home life as a wife and mother to her daughter Virginia. Presented by Katie Derham, the one-hour documentary took us from Dame Vera Lynn’s early life in East London right through to today, just days from her 100th birthday. Included were interviews from celebrity friends and fans of the star, including Sir Paul McCartney, Miriam Margolyes, Sir Tim Rice and Barry Humphries. Also interwoven were conversations with veterans from Burma, telling their own emotional stories of just what Dame Vera Lynn and her wonderful voice meant to them.
As well as trending at the time, the documentary received a swell of praise on Twitter:
We’re very proud of how the documentary came together and of the team who trawled through hours of archive and red tape to find the very best clips for the programme. Most of all it was a joy to work with Virginia, Katie Derham, our experts, the celebrities, the veterans and, of course, the inspirational Dame Vera Lynn herself.
Dame Vera’s voice is truly one-of-a-kind and connects across the generations. We very much hope it will continue for a long time yet.