Each weekday evening from Monday 9th – Friday 13th May, BBC One will broadcast the latest coverage. Highlights will include the opening and closing ceremonies and competitor events.
BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will feature over 500 competitors from 15 countries and will be held in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
In addition to the daily live programming, BBC One will be putting the stories of the UK Armed Forces Team centre stage through its coverage of the events and a 1x60 documentary: The Road To The Games (w/t) which is due for broadcast in the week prior to the events. The documentary, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, will put a spotlight on the inspirational stories of the competitors involved and follow them as they prepare with their team mates and families, for the Games.
Already announced, a second 2x60 documentary will follow the progress of choirmaster Gareth Malone who has been invited to form a choir made up of wounded, injured or sick ex-servicemen and women that will perform at the 2016 Invictus Games.
Today’s announcement follows on from 2014 when the BBC was the Host Broadcaster of the very first Invictus Games with Prince Harry at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Guy Freeman, Executive Producer, BBC Entertainment and Events said, “We are honoured to be returning as the official UK broadcast partner of the second Invictus Games. Each and every competitor has a unique story to tell; but what shines through everyone is the power of the human spirit and camaraderie to overcome adversity which can’t help but inspire.”
Dominic Reid, Managing Director of the Invictus Games Foundation said, “The support from the BBC during the inaugural Invictus Games was instrumental in telling the stories of our inspirational competitors. So it’s fantastic that it will again be throwing its full weight behind the Games. I’m thrilled that the BBC is continuing to shine a light on how important sport is in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.”
Throughout the week of 9th May, a stellar presenting team made up of experts in their field, will bring viewers all the latest drama and emotion from Orlando in a combination of both live and reported coverage. The weeknight shows will be broadcast in peak-time slots. The presenters are:
TV Presenter Gabby Logan will lead the team in presenting live studio coverage from Orlando each weeknight of the games.
Gabby Logan said, “I am honoured and excited to be bringing audiences at home all the latest drama and excitement from the 2016 Invictus Games. It will be amazing to support all the competitors, to hear their stories and to shine a light on their phenomenal achievements.”
Sports Experts and Commentators
Seasoned sports commentators Eddie Butler, Mike Costello, Mike Sewell and Chris Mitchell will also be at the event.
Further information about the individual peak-time programmes will be confirmed in due course.
The Road To The Games (w/t)
BBC One 1x60 documentary
The Road To The Games (w/t) will follow the inspirational stories of the servicemen and women who have overcome the physical and psychological effects of their life-changing injuries and illnesses in order to compete at the 2016 Invictus Games. BBC One will follow their journeys and meet their families as they try-out for the UK Armed Forces team and prepare for the games, under the watchful eye of Prince Harry.
Gareth Malone – The Choir (w/t)
BBC One 2x60 documentary series
As previously announced, choirmaster Gareth Malone has been invited to form a choir for The Invictus Games. BBC One has commissioned a two-part documentary series which will follow Gareth as he travels around the country to create a choir of ex-servicemen and women; the majority of whom are starting to re-build their lives after trauma and injury. The documentaries will follow Gareth as he holds auditions and rehearses the choir in the build-up to the 2016 Invictus Games.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone said, “The response to my search for a choir of injured service men and women has been incredible. I have been moved by both the stories and the determination of the individuals applying. No matter how injured or traumatised they all want to be part of this first ever choir for the 2016 Invictus Games in order to inspire others.”