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Home Front and Tommies: epic radio dramas of the first world war16 Nov 7:34am

Home Front and Tommies: epic radio dramas of the first world war

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Unfolding in time with the events of the war, after four years, these two fantastic BBC series have concluded As the last bugles sounded to mark a century’s distance between us and the war to end all wars, a modern campaign of a different kind – planned with no little military precision – was brought to an end. For the past four years, the BBC has presented radio listeners with two outstanding drama serials timed to unfold in parallel with the events of the first world war. Home Front told the interwoven stories of families in England, while Tommies followed soldiers, both British and colonial, on fronts stretching from Europe’s trenches to the deserts of the Middle East. Home Front’s writers were charged with bringing to life the extraordinary social change wrought by the conflict. And they succeeded – over more than 600 13-minute episodes, across 15 series, the show tackled issues that ranged from volunteering and industry to nursing and faith. As the families’ stories progressed, real events – a factory explosion, the first aerial bombing raid, the Russian revolution – framed the action.
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