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19 March 2021

Life to host BBC News special live programme marking Covid anniversary

The International Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, will host BBC One's Lockdown Live: What Next? on 23 March 2021 – a primetime televised broadcast to mark a national day of reflection on the one-year anniversary of the UK's first Covid lockdown.

Presented by Naga Munchetty and Nick Robinson, they’ll be joined by a panel of special guests who have stories to tell about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. Naga and Nick will be reflecting on some of the biggest lockdown stories of the year, as well as looking forward to ask how the world is going to change beyond the pandemic.

Linda Conlon, Life's Chief Executive, said: "In January, Life had the great honour of its science centre becoming the first in the world to be used as an NHS large vaccination centre. Now, we are immensely proud that our science village is being used for this special BBC broadcast.

"Like many organisations, the science centre at Life has been severely impacted by the pandemic, but there is now a cautious air of optimism that things will improve soon, thanks to the vaccine."

The RVI hospital in Newcastle treated the first COVID-19 patient in the UK because of its specialist High Consequence Infectious Disease unit, which played a role in the show coming to Newcastle. Reports from various regions across the UK will feed into the show, with Newcastle as the main stage.

On the same day as the TV broadcast, Nick Robinson presents BBC Radio 4's Today programme from Life, followed by Naga Munchetty broadcasting her mid-morning BBC Radio 5 live programme.

Linda Conlon and some of the female scientists who play a leading role in research and treatment at Life will be guests on the radio programmes.

'Lockdown Live: What Next?' will be broadcast to the nation 7.00-8.00pm on 23 March 2021 on BBC One. The Today programme and Naga Munchetty's radio shows air at 6.00-9.00am on BBC Radio 4 and 10.00am-1.00pm on BBC Radio 5 live, respectively.

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