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Home Ground


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The penultimate programme in a 13-part series of investigative stories from the BBC regions. The Diary. In December 1943. Lance Corporal Bill Smith died as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War. He left behind a diary which disappeared at the end of the war, describing the suffering and death around him, and tonight, almost two weeks after this year's VJ Day anniversary, Home Ground follows Carol, his only surviving daughter, in her fight to obtain the diary, sold at auction, which she believes is morally hers.
The now fragile diary, written to Corporal Smith's wife and two daughters, also contains poems, and even recipes, written as he slowly starved.
Derek Jacobi tells of the diary's discovery and the revelations hidden in its faded pages. Producer Dick Meadows
Postponed from 12 August First shown on BBC East Stereo


Unknown: Bill Smith
Unknown: Derek Jacobi

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