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New BBC Arts season includes Vera Lynn centenary and Hull documentary

Vera Lynn's life will be celebrated in a new programme. Photo: Liz Mills/BBC/Captive Minds
Vera Lynn's life will be celebrated in a new programme. Photo: Liz Mills/BBC/Captive Minds
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Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday is to be celebrated with a special programme on the BBC as part of its autumn/winter line-up for 2017.

The season also sees the return of the BBC Young Dancer competition and a documentary about Hull's year as UK City of Culture.

Lynn's career as an performer will be documented in a special programme featuring Lynn and her daughter.

Aside from charting her life and career over the past century, the programme, called Happy 100th Birthday Dame Vera Lynn, will feature contributions from figures such as Miriam Margolyes, Barry Humphries and Paul McCartney.

It is produced and directed by Sue Hills and will be shown on BBC2.

Comedian Lucy Beaumont will front a documentary exploring the ways in which the UK City of Culture scheme is impacting Hull. In it, she will talk to figures contributing to the event, including playwrights John Godber and Richard Bean and actor Maureen Lipman.

The documentary, for BBC2, is produced by Georgina Leslie and commissioned by Mark Bell, head of arts commissioning.

BBC Young Dancer, which originated in 2015, will return to BBC4 and BBC2 for the first time since the inaugural competition.

Dancers from across the country will compete in four categories, with the final taking place at Sadler's Wells in London on April 22. The final will be broadcast on BBC2.

Judges for this year's competition include choreographers Jasmin Vardimon and Marc Brew, and Royal Ballet director Kevin O'Hare.

The series is produced by Martyn Stevens and commissioned by Jan Younghusband.

Opera North's production of Das Rheingold will also be shown on BBC4, as previously announced, with all four Ring Cycle operas available to view on BBC Arts.

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