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Tommies

22 August 1918

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Arriving in France, the US Army includes 200,000 black soldiers. Mrs Addie Washington is one of only four YMCA workers sent to support them, as they face their own particular war. Show more

Contributors

Adeline Washington:
Clare Perkins
Leland Moody:
John Macmillan
Major Elias:
John Macmillan
Bliko Sidibe:
Buom Tihngang
Jake Triplett:
Buom Tihngang
Oscar Busch:
Ryan Whittle
Henry Hayward:
Daniel Betts
Erwin Radke:
Daniel Betts
William Malveaux:
Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Paul-Jean Ganeval:
Alexander Devrient

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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

The Cornwell Estate

Series 1

Episode 4: Mike Duggan

Duration: 13 minutes

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

Veteran musician Mike Duggan makes ends meet by giving guitar lessons in a local school. But then a record company boss offers the him chance of a recording contract. Show more

The Cornwell Estate

Series 1

Episode 1: Dave Kafka

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Ex-con Dave has moved in with grandfather Syd, a big London gangster in the 1960s. But as Dave swaggers around the estate, he receives an unwelcome visit from a benefits officer. Show more

The Cornwell Estate

Series 1

Episode 3: Jasper Lengthe

Duration: 13 minutes

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

Struggling actor Jasper Lengthe unexpectedly comes into some money. He decides to completely redesign his flat, so he can throw a dinner party for his favourite actors. Show more

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

8 August 1918

Duration: 44 minutes

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

By Jonathan Ruffle. Mickey Bliss's bold deception plan is put into action and could change the course of the war, but on the personal front, his past catches up with him. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Florrie:
Karen Bartke
Harry de Tullio:
Sam Valentine
Richard Galleyman:
Ryan Whittle
Herbert Campbell:
Trevor White
Pertab Singh:
Sagar Radia
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

15 August 1918

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Two armoured trains meet on a single track in the desert, in this extraordinary real-life battle story written by Avin Shah and starring Indira Varma. Show more

Contributors

Railway Officer Oraz Drushkin:
Simon Scardifield
Railway Lieutenant Yashka Stepniak:
Dolya Gavanski
Railway Engineer Nikolai Trepov:
Aaron Vodovoz
Havildar Ghulam Singh:
Tony Jayawardena
Private Frank Pond:
Ryan Early
Sapper Akbar Rasul:
Waleed Akhtar
Sapper Shivinder Singh:
Omar Malik
Hussar Sergei Panchenko:
Stephen Hogan
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Producer:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Tommies

1 August 1918

Duration: 45 minutes

Mickey's big deception plan could change the course of the war, but the arrival of soldier son Jack and WAAC controller sister Evadne complicates matters. Written by Neil Brand.

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Florrie:
Karen Bartke
Harry de Tullio:
Sam Valentine
Richard Galleyman:
Ryan Whittle
Herbert Campbell:
Trevor White
Pertab Singh:
Sagar Radia
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

2 June 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Kitchener's new civilian army is massing in the valley of the Somme. It includes one Kenny Stokoe, local football hero for Marshall's, and spurned suitor of Edie Chadwick. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Joseph Gascoigne:
Neil Grainger
Francis Woodrington:
Nick Underwood
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Juma Gubanda:
John Macmillan
Desmond Dixon:
Daniel Weyman
Capitaine Vasserot:
Ewan Bailey
Producer:
David Hunter

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Tommies

9 June 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

In the build-up to the Somme, Mickey Bliss's scheme to Capitaine Vasserot's new communication device in No Man's Land does not go according to plan. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Albert Pinto:
Colin Hoult
Demanjit Singh:
Sagar Radia
Capitaine Vasserot:
Ewan Bailey
Francis Woodrington:
Nick Underwood
Eckhart Bauer:
Sam Alexander
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter

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Tommies

16 June 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

When Mickey Bliss is summoned to advise on signals at the Bureau Centrale Interallie in Paris, he comes across both an impressive young woman and a disturbing figure from his past. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Miss Softley:
Faye Castelow
Robert De Tullio:
Justin Salinger
Mrs Flinders:
Adie Allen
Celestine De Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
General-Major Storms:
James Lailey
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

30 June 1916

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Tommies reveals a hidden true story, based on secret German documents, of a British signalling blunder on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Sergeant Dixon:
Daniel Weyman
Francis Woodrington:
Nick Underwood
Second Lieutenant Gascoigne:
Neil Grainger
Jemadar Mehta:
Raj Ghatak
Sowar Gopal:
Munir Khairdin
Producer:
David Hunter

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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

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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

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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