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27 December 1916 - Edie Chadwick

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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On this day in 1916, newspapers praised munitionettes' 'invasion of man's pursuits' at a ladies football match, and in Tyneside, the Marshall Girls say 'fiddlesticks to convention' Show more

Contributors

Edie Chadwick:
Kathryn Beaumont
Martha Lamb:
Freya Parker
Joyce Lyle:
Tracy Whitwell
Pickpocket:
John Bowler
Pearl Thornton:
Sophie Scott
Fraser Chadwick:
Edmund Wiseman
Alan Lowther:
David Seddon

Home Front

30 December 1916 - Lester Reed

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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On this day in 1916, the Allies rejected the German peace proposals as 'less an offer of peace than a war manoeuvre', and in Tynemouth, Lester Reed stirs up the fighting spirit. Show more

Contributors

Lester Reed:
Trevor Fox
Timothy Ryker:
Leon Scott
Dr Banks:
John Bowler
Fraser Chadwick:
Edmund Wiseman
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Squeezebox:
Colin Guthrie

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 66: 26-30 December 1916

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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In the week in 1916 when Germany's peace offer was rejected by the Allies, Christmas week still brings some festive cheer to Tyneside. Show more

Contributors

Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absolom
Jean Claude Lengela:
Fiston Barek
Edie Chadwick:
Kathryn Beaumont
Dr Banks:
John Bowler
Evelina White:
Rosie Cavaliero
Pickpocket:
John Bowler
Lester Reed:
Trevor Fox
Marion Wardle:
Laura Elphinstone
Ada Stokoe:
Hannah Genesius
Geoffrey Marshall:
Anthony Howell
Cressida Marshall:
Bettrys Jones
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Martha Lamb:
Freya Parker
DR Walker:
Ellie Piercy
Pearl Thornton:
Sophie Scott
Timothy Ryker:
Leon Scott
Alan Lowther:
David Seddon
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Edgar Bates:
David Sterne
Stanley Hobbs:
David Nellist
Joyce Lyle:
Tracy Whitwell
Fraser Chadwick:
Edmund Wiseman
Squeezebox:
Colin Guthrie
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

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Home Front

23 December 1914 - Sylvia Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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The Christmas tea for the Belgian wounded does not go entirely to plan. Show more

Home Front

4 May 1916 - Alexander Gidley

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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On this day in 1916, the papers reported the extension of conscription to include all men aged 18 to 41, and Alexander Gidley continues to face resistance at the quarry. Show more

Contributors

Alexander Gidley:
Matthew Beard
Clarence Ogden:
David Sterne
Cora Gidley:
Joanna Monro
Hector Gidley:
Brian Protheroe
Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Pat McCrory:
Jonny Holden
Primrose Rutter:
Jade Matthew
Tobias Holden:
Toby Bryant

Home Front

5 May 1916 - Cora Gidley

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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On this day in 1916, the Western Times reported the French were gaining ground at Verdun, while Cora Gidley is on the defensive. Show more

Contributors

Cora Gidley:
Joanna Monro
Agatha Christie:
Melody Grove
Alexander Gidley:
Matthew Beard
Clarence Ogden:
David Sterne
Emily Coville:
Scarlett Brookes
Hector Gidley:
Brian Protheroe
Jacques Hamoir:
Michael Bertenshaw
Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Pat McCrory:
Jonny Holden
Tobias Holden:
Toby Bryant

Home Front

6 May 1916 - Johnnie Marshall

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Two conscientious objectors are arrested in Newton Abbot, and Johnnie Marshall is in pursuit of information. Show more

Contributors

Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Alexander Gidley:
Matthew Beard
Elspeth Taverner:
Kelly Williams
Hector Gidley:
Brian Protheroe
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Tobias Holden:
Toby Bryant
Wilfred Truscott:
Stephen Tomlin

Home Front

26 December 1914 - Isabel Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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The Grahams plan a quiet harmonious Boxing Day. Show more

Home Front

30 August 1916 - Esme Macknade

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Turkey declares war on Rumania and Russia, and a new arrival at the Grahams' fractures Esme's peace of mind. Show more

Contributors

Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Oscar Hendrickx:
Pierre Elliott
Alice Macknade:
Claire-Louise Cordwell
Bill Macknade:
Ben Crowe
Nancy Parker:
Jane Whittenshaw
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David

Home Front

31 August 1916 - Juliet Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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The Battle of Verdun finally comes to a close, and in Folkestone, Juliet Cavendish's marriage is on fragile ground. Show more

Contributors

Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Hugh Cavendish:
Alex Wyndham
Bentley Graham:
Matthew Needham
Mrs Briggs:
Adie Allen
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David

Home Front

1 September 1916 - Dorothea Winwood

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Bertrand Russell receives notice restricting his access to military areas, and Ralph Winwood returns home to a limited welcome. Show more

Contributors

Dorothea Winwood:
Rachel Shelley
Elizabeth Chance:
Kika Markham
Ralph Winwood:
Nicholas Murchie
Marieke Dupont:
Olivia Ross
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook

Home Front

2 September 1916 - Hilary Pearce

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Two cases of the plague are confirmed in Hull, and in Folkestone, a rumour begins to take hold. Show more

Contributors

Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Lilian Pemble:
Alex Tregear
Roland Pemble:
Jack Holden
Oscar Hendrickx:
Pierre Elliott
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Mrs Edkins:
Rachel Davies
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 26: 8-12 June 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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The third omnibus edition of Season 4 of the epic drama series set in Great War Britain. Show more

Contributors

Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Mrs Edkins:
Rachel Davies
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Barbara Flynn
Muriel Grainger:
Hannah Tointon
Ivy Layton:
Leah Brotherhead
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Josiah King:
Daniel Kendrick
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Maggie Macknade:
Hollie Thoupos
Mickey Macknade:
Reece Buttery
Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Beau Tilley:
Stephen Critchlow
Thornton Tulliver:
Nigel Harman
Adam Wilson:
Leo Montague
Albert Wilson:
Harry Myers
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook
Ralph Winwood:
Nicholas Murchie
Peggy Jeffery:
Jane Slavin
Flora Jeffery:
Jessica Turner
Dolly Clout:
Elaine Claxton
Private Stanton:
Nathan Nolan
Private Ross:
Owen Clark
Attendant:
Mark Edel-Hunt

Genres

Home Front

11 June 1915 - Ivy Layton

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Time moves so quickly, Ivy has not had the opportunity to mourn Archie. Show more

Contributors

Ivy Layton:
Leah Brotherhead
Dolly Clout:
Elaine Claxton
Thornton Tulliver:
Nigel Harman
Muriel Grainger:
Hannah Tointon
Private Stanton:
Nathan Nolan

Home Front

12 February 1915 - Esther O'Leary

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Councillor Maud Burnett's controversial scheme is gathering pace. Show more

Contributors

Esther O'Leary:
Amy Cameron
Cressida Marshall:
Bettrys Jones
Maud Burnett:
Carolyn Pickles
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Pearl Thornton:
Sophie Scott
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Violet O'Leary:
Jacqueline Phillips

Home Front

12 June 1915 - Jessie Moore

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Jessie and Adam find ingenious ways of making money. Show more

Contributors

Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Adam Wilson:
Leo Montague
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Josiah King:
Daniel Kendrick
Beau Tilley:
Stephen Critchlow
Private Ross:
Owen Clark
Attendant:
Mark Edel-Hunt

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 12: 15-19 December 1914

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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A spirit of generosity and recklessness fills the air as all Folkestone is encouraged to give itself to the war. With Craige Els, Will Howard. Show more

Home Front

18 December 1914 - Mervyn Harris

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Maisie Plackett takes very seriously the question 'Is your best boy in khaki?'. Show more

Home Front

19 December 1914 - Alice Macknade

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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A surprise turn of events in the Macknade household heralds a change in their fortunes. Show more

Home Front

19 April 1917 - Maisie Harris

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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On this day in 1917, a report from Russia claimed the revolutionary movement was spreading with 'tranquillity', while in Folkestone, Maisie searches for the still, small voice. Show more

Contributors

Maisie Harris:
Cassie Layton
Florence Rumsey:
Sarah Ridgeway
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Lilian Pemble:
Alex Tregear
Edna Harris:
Lara West
Walter Hamilton:
Joseph Kloska
William Stokes:
James Lailey
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole