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Falklands Night - Sunday 1 April
Margaret Thatcher and John Nott
Flanked by her defence secretary, Mrs Thatcher tells journalists to 'rejoice at the news' of a swift victory
To mark the 25th anniversary of the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina on 2 April 1982, BBC Parliament presents an evening of programmes looking back at the subsequent military campaign to retake the Islands.

The evening's programmes are introduced by the BBC's Falklands Task Force reporter Brian Hanrahan who, on watching planes set out and return on a bombing mission over the Islands, famously coined the phrase: "I counted them all out and I counted them all back."

Falklands Night programmes include:

  • BBC archive coverage
    6.00pm

    Defence Secretary John Nott
    Defence Secretary John Nott announces the progress of British troops on May 21st 1982
    Using archive editions of Newsnight, the Nine O'Clock News and Question Time, Brian Hanrahan traces the chronology of the Falklands war from invasion through to final victory, including: news coverage of the Task Force setting off from the UK; the re-capture of South Georgia; the sinking of the Belgrano; the attack on HMS Sheffield; and the battle of Goose Green.

    Presenters who feature in the original BBC coverage include Robin Day, Peter Snow, John Simpson and Donald McCormick.

  • BOOKtalk
    8.35pm

    Mark D'Arcy talks to authors of two new books on the conflict:

    HMS Antelope
    A bomb aboard HMS Antelope detonates on May 23rd 1982
    Falklands veteran Major-General Julian Thompson on his book 3 Commando Brigade In The Falklands - No Picnic;

    And former intelligence officer Hugh Bicheno on Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History Of The Falklands War.

  • House of Commons debate
    9.00pm

    On Saturday 3 April 1982, the House of Commons held its first Saturday sitting since the Second World War.

    It was to discuss the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina the day before.

    At the emergency debate, the Government unveiled its plan for a Task Force to retake the Islands and return them to British sovereignty.

    Leading for the Government was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and leading for the Opposition was Michael Foot.

    BBC Parliament replays the debate in full.

You can watch Falklands Night on BBC Parliament from 1800 BST on Sunday 1 April 2007.

It will be repeated on Sunday 17 June to mark the British victory with the re-taking of the Islands and the surrender of the Argentinian forces.


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