Māori TV once again devotes the day to Anzac programming, including a live broadcast from Gallipoli.
TVNZ 1’s Anzac Day consists of the wreath-laying service at 11.00am; Prime is screening local documentary POW: Prisoners of War at 8.30pm, featuring four veterans who were captured during World War II and experienced the brutality of life in a prison camp. They are Invercargill-born James McQueen, who joined the RNZAF at 18; John Wilkinson, who immigrated from Scotland in 1925 and joined the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve at 18; Englishman Ernest Davenport, who joined the RAF at 18 and arrived in New Zealand in 1948; and Scot James Easton, who joined the Australian Army at 23 and moved to New Zealand in 1948.
The History channel (Sky 073) is having a day of war-themed programming, including a marathon of The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire (3.30pm) and Churchill’s First War (8.30pm). As well as Between the Memory and the Silence (see Documentaries), Sky Arts is screening The Pity of War: Poets at the Front (9.00pm), which looks at poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
This article was first published in the April 20, 2019 issue of the New Zealand Listener.