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The 24th of March 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the real-life POW escape during World War II at the Luftwaffe-run Stalag Luft III prison in then German-occupied Poland. In honour of this, Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening at the Apollo in London with some very special guests. This event will be broadcast live followed by THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) presented in stunning 4K. Imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp, a group of Allied soldiers are intent on breaking out, not only to escape, but also to draw Nazi forces away from battle to search for fugitives. Among the prisoners determined to escape are American Captain Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) and British Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). Outwitting their captors by digging a tunnel out of the prison grounds, the soldiers find the stakes much higher when escape becomes a reality. Dan Snow will hear from veterans of the Second World War’s most daring escape and will explore the history and science behind the operation with renowned historian Paul Beaver and Dr Hugh Hunt of the University of Cambridge. “We will remember the extraordinary bravery of the men who participated in the most daring escape of the Second World War and bring back to the big screen one of the greatest films of all time. Thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund, it’s going to be a truly momentous occasion.” Dan Snow Director: John Sturges Cast: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and David McCallum.