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Throughout the summer of 1940, the skies over southern England were the stage for an epic air battle. British air crew fought for our very survival. After France fell on June 22, Winston Churchill announced: "The fight for France is over. The Battle for Britain has begun."

Bomb disposal expert Kim risked his life defusing seven bombs to save wounded comrades in Afghanistan - shunning the usual protective clothing.

 

Allison made medical history as the first person in Britain to have all her major organs transplanted. And she returns to hospital almost every day... as a doctor.

 

A wrong turn led off-duty policeman Colin to a burning double-decker bus.

 

When Ryan McLaughlin's mum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis his life changed forever. At just 13 he was forced to listen to Kirsten, 35, cry out in pain and to shoulder more responsibility - helping his father take care of her.

When a fire in a bin suddenly exploded in a fireball, 12-year-old Aimee reacted quickly and decisively. Without panicking, she rushed to the aid of seven children, saving at least three from serious harm.

Imporvised Explosive Devices are one of the biggest threats to British and Allied forces in Afghanistan and the local population.

 

Sharing a prison cell with a heroin addict going cold turkey was the final straw that made Nathan James abandon his criminal past.

 

For 34 years, throughout even the darkest days of The Troubles in the 1970s, grandmother Mary Kelly has devoted all her spare time to trying to unite young people in her divided community in North Belfast.

 

After Rachel Dixon quit her job as a West End musical stage manager, she knew one profession where her skills would make a real difference.

 

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