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Tommies

4 May 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

A day of rest behind the lines is not easy for Mickey Bliss and his Signals colleagues. A time not only for parcels, a haircut and a drink or two, but also for bad temper. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Pavan Jodha:
Rudi Dharmalingam
Quartermaster:
David Cann
Madame Robin:
Elaine Claxton
Captain Paddon:
Damian Lynch
Lieutenant Perrin:
Matthew Watson
Sergeant Nixon:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

18 May 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

On the eastern front, the Russian army are retreating, but the renegade Prince Balashov is determined to wrench some kind of victory from defeat. By Michael Chaplin. Show more

Contributors

Celestine De Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Marjorie Blaikeley:
Elaine Claxton
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Prince Balashov:
Parth Thakerar
Capt Maxim Frunze:
Matthew Watson
Kolya Stepniak:
David Cann
Mamasha:
Jane Slavin
Reissner:
Damian Lynch
Producer:
David Hunter

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Tommies

23 June 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

On a morale-boosting tour in the Somme valley, a celebrity poet and priest arrives to perform his verse. But are inspirational speeches what the Kenny and his pals really need? Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Canon Robertson:
James Lailey
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Joseph Gascoigne:
Neil Grainger
Francis Woodrington:
Nick Underwood
Juma Gubanda:
John Macmillan
Ivor Gurney:
Joe Sims
Producer:
David Hunter

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Tommies

10 April 1917

Duration: 45 minutes

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

In the tunnels underneath Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Corps are re-writing the rules of war. With Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From April 2017. Show more

Contributors

Captain Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Lieutenant Gagnon:
Philip Desmeules
Sergeant Dixon:
Daniel Weyman
Private Townsend:
Tom Forrister
Oberleutnant Gruder:
Simon Bubb
Corporal MacMillan:
David Sturzaker
Producer:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Tommies

4 November 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

One real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. Signallers Ahmadullah and Zarbab have a perilous mission to deliver a wireless set to beleaguered British forces in Mesopotamia. Show more

Contributors

Ahmadullah:
Danny Rahim
Zarbab:
Avin Shah
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Pillow Wallah:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Officer:
David Acton
Doctor:
Neet Mohan
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

28 March 1918

Duration: 45 minutes

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

As the British Army retreat in the face of an unexpected German advance, the women of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps based at Flixecourt have to decide whether to stay. Show more

Tommies

11 November 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

La Gorgue. Mickey Bliss finds himself in two meetings: one that might change the whole war for the Signal Service, and one that is about to change his life forever. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Dr Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Colonel Bernard Anson Otho Crowden:
Gunnar Cauthery
Major 'Ting a Ling' Bell:
Stephen Critchlow
Captain Robert Paddon:
Chris Pavlo
Sgt Albert Pinto:
Colin Hoult
Aide-de-Camp:
Neet Mohan
Producer:
David Hunter

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Tommies

21 October 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Mickey Bliss returns to the front line as a newly-trained officer, with the beginnings of war-winning technology in his hands. Show more

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Tommies

14 June 1917

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Drama tracing one real day in the Great War. After the victory at Messines, are the Allies ready for the challenge of Ypres? From September 2017. Show more

Contributors

2nd Lieutenant Isambard Mortimer:
Samuel James
2nd Lieutenant Marc Mortimer:
Tom Forrister
Commentator:
Indira Varma
2nd Lieutenant Pirimi Pohe:
Tyler Read
MG Officer:
David Sturzaker
William Crean:
Harry McEntire
Timothy Spindlow:
Charlie Clements
Sergeant Reginald Bettsworth:
Simon Ludders
Captain MacNaughton:
Emilio Doorgasingh
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

25 May 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Mickey Bliss is in London, taking time out from signals training at Aldershot to look up an old friend, who might finance his much-needed overhearing device. By Michael Chaplin. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Robert de Tullio:
Patrick Kennedy
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Evadne Hopkins:
Clare Corbett
Amos Purkiss:
Carl Prekopp
Bonamy Lidderdale:
Clive Hayward
Minister:
David Cann
General Antrobus:
Robert Blythe
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

Tommies - Series 5

Episode 1: 11 November 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Doctor Celestine de Tullio is commanding an offensive up a near-vertical mountain deep in snow. The military objective is at the top, but Celestine has another target in her sights. Show more

Contributors

Sergeant Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Major Milan Dukic:
Paul Chahidi
Sergeant Gordana Savic:
Catriona McFarlane
Olive Collings:
Karen Bartke
Corporal Radomir:
Finlay Robertson
Private Janko:
Gavi Singh Chera
Private Kuzman:
Robert Ginty
Producer:
David Hunter

Tommies

28 October 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Michael Chaplin. Visiting neutral Holland on a sensitive diplomatic mission, Robert de Tullio is drawn deeper into the murky waters of WWI intelligence and a more personal quest. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Pavan Jodha:
Rudi Dharmalingam
Ahmadullah Khan:
Danny Rahim
Pillow Wallah:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Leonie Vergeron:
Aurelie Amblard
Officer:
Damian Lynch
Gilbert Grosse:
Matthew Watson
Signaller:
Neet Mohan
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

Tommies - Series 5

Episode 2: 18 November 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

It's the last day of the Battle of the Somme, and Signals Captain Mickey Bliss is back very close to where he started 141 days ago. From Nov 2016. Show more

Contributors

Captain Mickey Bliss:
Christopher Fox
Robert de Tullio:
Justin Salinger
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Captain Pilliner:
George Watkins
Sergeant Dixon:
Neil Grainger
Captain Stirling:
John Dougall
Gefreiter Goetsch:
Gunnar Cauthery
Corporal Hobart:
Luke MacGregor
Sapper Bretton:
Finlay Robertson
Artillery Bloke:
Nicholas Murchie
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

The Cornwell Estate

Series 1

Episode 2: Keith Butler

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Taxicab driver Keith has forthright opinions on everything, but when his wife goes into hospital, he is forced to re-evaluate his view of the world. Show more

Tommies

27 April 1915

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Under the constant threat of gas attack in La Brique, just north of Ypres, Mickey Bliss and his signals colleagues try to work out why the enemy are always one step ahead. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Pavan Jodha:
Rudi Dharmalingam
Ahmadullah Khan:
Danny Rahim
Pillow Wallah:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Leonie Vergeron:
Aurelie Amblard
Officer:
Damian Lynch
Gilbert Grosse:
Matthew Watson
Signaller:
Neet Mohan
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

7 October 1914

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The German advance is just being held 60 miles north east of Paris, on the day Mickey Bliss arrives at war. By Michael Chaplin. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Walter Oddy:
Tony Pitts
Horace Greenwood:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Maberley Dunster:
Alex Wyndham
Catherine O'Neill:
Anneika Rose
Billy Seymour:
Matthew Wernham
Alphonse Minet:
Michael Bertenshaw
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

14 October 1914

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Walter Oddy, wounded in action, is among thousands arriving today at the hospitals in Boulogne. Among so many casualties - will there be time to save one life? Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Marjorie Blaikeley:
Elaine Claxton
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Captain George:
Clive Hayward
Cyril Walton:
Scott Arthur
Walter Oddy:
Tony Pitts
Sergeant:
David Cann
Producer:
David Hunter

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Tommies

21 October 1914

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Mickey's plan to be a battlefield tourist is undone by an artillery captain on a mission. By Jonathan Ruffle. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Maberly Dunster:
Alex Wyndham
Horace Greenwood:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Jacca Nancarrow:
Joseph Kloska
Captain Paddon:
Damian Lynch
Captain Richardson:
Monty d'Inverno
Colonel Firmin:
Michael Bertenshaw
Pipe Major Maclaurin:
David Cann
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

28 October 1914

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The first Indian Army soldiers arrive on the battlefields of France, and the infantry of the 9th Bhopal Regiment find themselves on the front line. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Ahmadullah Khan:
Danny Rahim
Pavan Jodha:
Rudi Dharmalingam
Lt Colonel Dobbie:
Nicholas Farrell
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Hector Monkhouse:
Clive Hayward
Sowar Alam Sher:
Sagar Radia
Havildar Mishra:
Jassa Ahluwalia
Captain Wilson:
Sam Valentine
Captain Jamieson:
Mark Edel-Hunt
Sir John French:
David Cann
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
Nandita Ghose

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Tommies

4 November 1914

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Celestine returns from France to find that things are amiss, while her husband Robert gets embroiled in the realities of financing a war. Stars Indira Varma and Patrick Kennedy. Show more

Contributors

Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Robert de Tullio:
Patrick Kennedy
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Gladys Oddy:
Laura Molyneux
Lt Colonel Dobbie:
Nicholas Farrell
Harry Bentley:
Ben Crowe
Henry Montague:
Michael Bertenshaw
Frank Bostridge:
Will Howard
Julius Adler:
Matthew Watson
Bennett:
David Cann
Walter Oddy:
Tony Pitts
Producer:
David Hunter

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