Singapore, 4 August 2020 – Painting the town red this National Day long weekend might not be possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still celebrate Singapore’s 55th birthday in the safety and comfort of your home as Mediacorp brings you a slate of National Day and original content programmes across multiple platforms.
National Day Message, Morning Parade and Evening Show
National Day Message (9 August 2020, 10am)
The National Day Message will be delivered in Singapore’s four official languages.
- In English, by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong;
- In Mandarin, by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat;
- In Malay, by Minister for Social & Family Development, Second Minster for Health, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli; and
- In Tamil, by Minister for Communications & Information, and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations at Ministry of Trade & Industry S Iswaran.
NDP 2020 Morning Parade (9 August 2020, 10.20am)
Kick-starting this year’s National Day celebrations is the National Day Parade (NDP) held at the Padang in the morning. Comprising the State Colours, Guard-of-honour contingents formed by the Singapore Army, Republic of Singapore Navy, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Singapore Police Force (SPF), as well as a combined band from SPF and the Singapore Armed Forces, the parade will be reviewed by President Halimah Yacob. And in very special highlights for this year’s parade, Singaporeans can look forward to the Presidential Gun Salute being executed at the Padang for the first time in NDP history as well as an “Anthem Moment” led by the President while the state flag is raised at the Padang and across Singapore, in a bid to bring Singaporeans together in a collective moment of unity.
Thereafter, fans can catch traditional crowd favourites including the state flag flypast, aerial display, Red Lions and mobile column in the heartlands, with a special focus to pay tribute to frontline fighters, essential workers and community heroes for their strength and resilience in the fight against COVID-19.
NDP 2020 Evening Show (9 August 2020, 7pm)
The evening show, which will be held at The Star Performing Arts Centre, will feature a series of short films showcasing 31 stories. These will be interwoven with songs and performances by local artistes, split into six acts.
The first act, titled “Our Singapore”, aims to evoke feelings of nostalgia through familiar sights and sounds. The second and third acts, titled “When Things Change” and “Challenges We Face” respectively, will highlight the struggles faced this year, as well as how Singaporeans have had to adapt to meet these challenges head-on. Acts four and five meanwhile will showcase how ordinary Singaporeans have stepped up to support each other and unite, as well as pay tribute to essential service workers and those at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19. The final item, titled “A Stronger Singapore”, brings all the performers together in a forward-looking act of optimism where Singapore will emerge stronger as a nation.
The evening show will culminate in the Pledge Moment at 8.20pm where Singaporeans are encouraged to recite the national pledge together. Following the pledge, is a Light Up Moment, where Singaporeans can attach red torch stickers, from their Singapore Together pack, on their mobile phone torchlights to light up the night sky in a dazzling visual display of unity across the island. The finale will conclude in a coordinated fireworks display at multiple locations across Singapore.
The National Day Message, NDP2020 Morning Parade and Evening Show can be viewed on meWATCH at mewatch.sg/ndp2020. The broadcast schedule for all programmes can be found in Annex A.
Offerings from Mediacorp
Adding on to the NDP content is a slate of exciting programmes from Mediacorp for all Singaporeans to enjoy over the long weekend! These include:
A. English Programmes – available on meWATCH and Channel 5
On the Red Dot – NDP 2020: A Celebration Like No Other (7 August 9.30pm)
Amidst the challenges brought about by COVID-19, 2020 is arguably Singapore’s toughest year since independence. Be sure to catch this special episode to see the “making of” NDP and the immense organisation and challenges behind the creation of this year’s show.
Lil Wild - special preview (9 August 2020, 11.35am)
A brand new original 3D animation series for kids, this features an unlikely crew of ‘tweenage’ zoo animals as they keep themselves and the wacky resident creatures out of trouble. Join Rara (elephant), Wobi (Chinese alligator), Meep (white tiger), Kokeko (otter), Dil (blue crown pigeon), together with Suzie the zookeeper as they go on adventures and come to terms with growing pains. Kids will get to learn interesting wild life fun facts and also how to deal with real life challenges as experienced by the animal characters. As the Lil Wild gang can’t wait for their season premiere in September, a special preview will be shown right after NDP Morning Parade.
Groom My Room Season 10 episode 1 (9 August 2020, 12pm)
After a hiatus of six years, Mediacorp’s highly-popular room makeover series Groom My Room has returned! Into its tenth season, the show will once again offer kids the opportunity of a lifetime to take charge and revamp their rooms exactly the way they want. Armed with a budget of $1,500 as well as the assistance of an interior designer and two movers, each of these kids will get to translate their dreams into reality. The catch? They will need to complete the challenge in just 48 hours! What this means is, these kids will need to make very tough decisions under tight time constraints. And through this process, they will learn to think independently and gain valuable life experiences.
The season will start every Tuesday from 11 August 5.30pm on meWATCH and Channel 5, but fans of the series can catch the first episode early on National Day.
In Your Living Room Season 2 – National Day Special (9 August 2020, 8.30pm)
Right after the Evening Show, viewers can catch a special episode of In Your Living Room as PCK and Jojo celebrate Singapore’s birthday. See them argue over about who is more patriotic and PCK invites Joshua Tan of Ah-boys to Men fame to judge, and see Wah!Banana’s take on the different types of people who watch NDP.
Gardens by the Bay & Mediacorp National Day Concert 2020 (10 August 2020, 8pm)
Hosted by Jean Danker, highlights from the one-hour programme include an ebullient ensemble performance of Mediacorp’s The Light, an upbeat ditty produced by Mediacorp as part of national efforts to combat COVID-19 starring Mediacorp celebrities such as Jarrell Huang, JJ Neo, Desmond Tan and Felicia Chin; as well as a rousing rendition of the all-time favourite National Day song Home by President Halimah Yacob and Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, who will be accompanied by performers of this year’s National Day Concert. Audiences can also anticipate stellar performances by popular personalities such as Nathan Hartono, Taufik Batisah, Yung Raja and Inch Chua; plus side-splitting comedy acts courtesy of the inimitable Kumar, Gurmit Singh and Suhaimi Yusof.
B. Malay Programmes – available on meWATCH and Suria
SNAP episode 5: Food (9 August 2020, 9am)
This episode of SNAP explores the journey of food creation from the tedious and elaborate preparation of food that was consumed before refrigeration and shelf food was available, to unique Singaporean cuisine created by local hawkers as our society evolved, as well as the more convenient fast-food and delivery options available in present day Singapore.
Jejak Kita Episode 3: Arts & Culture (9 August 2020, 3.30pm)
This episode explores Singapore’s multi-culturalism and the multi-faceted influences on Singapore’s art scene. This starts from British and regional influences to modern-day art, and features local filmmakers who have since gone to make their mark internationally.
Jejak Kita Episode 2: Environment (10 August 2020, 9am)
Track the evolution of Singapore into the “Garden City” that she is today through the development of our physical spaces – how various districts were formed such as our Civic District area and the unique set-up of Kampong Glam. At the same time, delve into the social development of the nation, as Singapore seeks to find balance between modernity and our culture preservation.
SNAP Episode 9: Fashion (10 August 2020, 3.30pm)
What was worn hundreds of years ago are most likely not worn again today, for practical reasons. SNAP looks into the past to learn about the heavily adorned and decorated costumes by dignitaries and royals, comparing them to clothes are more casual and non-restricting today. Viewers can also learn about the intricate handmade art of “sulaman” that may take months to make, versus contemporary culture today of fast-moving consumer goods.
C. Mandarin Programmes – available on meWATCH and Channel 8 / Channel U
Songs We Love – National Day Special 那一段听歌的日子 - 国庆特备 (Channel 8, 9 August 2020 9.30am-10am, 11.35am-12.35pm)
In this special edition, hosts Dennis Chew and Quan Yifong will invite celebrities and essential service providers to dedicate locally composed songs to their loved ones, where the songs will be performed by local singers.
Dramas 2020: The Making 无双宴: 年终新剧特辑 (Channel 8, 9 August 2020 8.30pm)
A behind-the-scene look at the exciting upcoming drama serials for the rest of 2020 and interviews with selected cast members. Viewers can take sneak peek at shows including Recipe of Life (味之道), A Jungle Survivor (森林生存记), Mister Flower (花花公子), and Super Dad (男神不败).
Mediacorp produced three short standalone Chinese dramas during the circuit breaker period under stringent precautionary measures to ensure safety. In these productions, the artistes involved had to handle additional roles such as set design and cinematography besides acting, while producers and directors worked with the artistes remotely from their respective homes. These three unique dramas were shown on meWATCH since end June and will be making their debut on TV this National Day.
Who Did It? (谁是凶手?) (Channel U, 9 August 2020 5.25pm)
A whodunit starring Bryan Wong as an investigation officer who is interrogating three suspects played by Chen Tianwen, Rebecca Lim and Kym Ng, kept under house arrest over the disappearance of IT technician played by Desmond Tan.
14 Days 14天的同居人 (Channel U, 9 August 2020 6.10pm)
A comedy starring Elvin Ng and Shane Pow as two people from the same company put under a 14-day quarantine in the same private resort, who subsequently realised that their girlfriend (played by Denise Camillia Tan) turned out to be the same person.
Bittersweet Love 柠檬苦茶 (Channel U, 9 August 2020 8.30pm)
A slice-of-life drama starring Chantalle Ng as a beauty influencer whose single lifestyle is disrupted when her mother (Lin Meijiao) with mild dementia stays with her.
D. Tamil Programmes – available on meWATCH and Vasantham
SGD 8888 Season 3 (8 August 2020, 9pm)
SGD8888 – know your Singapore well! Season 3 premieres with a National Day Special where young celebrities Harini and Srihari gear up to play the game for charity with the aim of driving away with $8,888 which will go to Mediacorp Enable Fund.
Vanakkam Singai episode 4 (9 August 2020, 9am)
Wake up to the weekly Sunday morning breakfast show with a special National Day poem contest segment where the top three poems about Singapore written by young adults aged 10 to 18 will be featured. Oli968 radio station will also be reading out the winning and other noteworthy poems in the lead-up towards National Day during the Vanakkam Singai Morning Drive Time show hosted by DJ Rafi and Guna between 6am and 10am.
Semma Holiday Season 2 - A special holiday infotainment series (9 August 2020, 4.30pm)
This special National Day episode will feature interviews with a multi-generation extended family and a group of retired armed forces officers.
Galatta Kondattam (9 August 2020, 9pm)
In this special episode of Galatta Kondattam, viewers will learn interesting fun facts about National Day and witness a heartwarming interview between two elderly friends of over 60 years as they reminisce Singapore’s growth over the decades.
E. On the airwaves and meLISTEN
GOLD 905 “Say it to Singapore” song request special (7 August and 10 August 2020)
The Lunchtime Jukebox with Denise Tan will be a love letter to Singapore , as she hosts a National Day request special ‘Say it to Singapore’ between 10am and 2pm. Listeners can send in their songs requests and dedications via GOLD 905 Facebook page from now till 2pm, Friday 7 August. The most heartfelt dedication also stands to win a $100 treat, so Say it to Singapore now!
Symphony 924 “Local Classical Tribute” (3- 28 August 2020)
Singapore’s only classical music station will be having a “Local Classical Tribute” featuring outstanding local classical artistes and performers who have made significant contributions to the Singapore classical music scene. Listen out for this special segment which will be featured on Breakfast with Andrew Lim (7am-10am); Lunchtreats with Khim (10am-2pm); and The Drive Home with Gerald (5pm-8pm).
CLASS 95 “Made In Singapore” (3 – 14 August 2020)
Spotlight is shone on local food, electronics and fashion labels which have taken their brands to the world, effectively highlighting the little red dot on the global sphere.
F. Celebrate the Singapore Spirit on meWATCH
In the month of our nation’s birthday, we have curated a slew of the best local series across all four languages that celebrate the Singapore Spirt for all to binge-watch to their hearts’ content. In the special “Singapore Spirit’ section, there are heartwarming shows like 128 Circle, How Are You? and Adukku Veetu Annasamy that highlight the Singaporean way of life - such as HDB living, our hawker culture and our diversity. There is also a rich selection of info-ed series that showcase Singapore’s history like Tekka , SNAP and Jejak Kita. Drama fans can also feast on The Journey trilogy, an epic drama set in Singapore during its formative years.
Click to mewatch.sg/SingaporeSpirit and catch the best of local shows in one destination.
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Broadcast schedule for National Day Message, NDP 2020 Morning Parade and Evening Show
Available on meWATCH at mewatch.sg/ndp2020 and the following platforms:
National Day Message
9 August 2020 10am
9 August 2020 6.40pm
9 August 2020 10am
9 August 2020 6.40pm
9 August 2020 10am
9 August 2020 6.40pm
9 August 2020 10am
9 August 2020 6.40pm
9 August 2020
9 August 2020
NDP 2020 Morning Parade + Evening Show (Repeat)
16 August 2020
14 August 2020
Note: Live captions for the Morning Parade and Evening Show will be available on Channel 5, and for meWATCH viewers, this can also be enabled or disabled via “Settings” on meWATCH video player.