In the flow of everyday life it’s always good to sit back and watch what’s happening around us to put our lives into perspective. Britain’s Bravest is one of those shows which will make you sad, make you smile and make you cry all in the space of an hour.
Dermot Murnaghan introduces tonight’s one hour awards show where members of the public and the rescue services are honoured for their acts of courage. We will hear about two men who managed to save the life of a motorway accident victim who would have certainly died without their intervention, as well as the helicopter rescue services who came to the aid of a ferry in trouble off the coast of Lancashire.
As well giving the public a chance to laud and admire these these heroes, Britain’s Bravest also gives those who have been rescued the chance to thank those involved. While we often hear about heroic rescues in the newspapers, this is only the tip of the iceberg and does not fully reflect the dangers which many people face in everyday life.
Dermot Murnaghan is probably the best man to present for this type of show as he can be both serious and light-hearted, taking the edge off what can be a difficult experience for those receiving their awards. While all the stories feature courage and bravery, it is the ones which involve children and their heroic efforts which seem to hit home with the audience.
In an era of superstars it can be useful to appreciate the work and hardship which others experience every day. Sometimes we can forget exactly what life is about and what goes on all around us. Shows like Britain’s Bravest can be very humbling indeed.