Barrack-room Ballads

Kenneth Cranham presents a selection of his favourites from Rudyard Kipling's 1892 collection of poems, which were inspired by the stories of enlisted soldiers he had met and drew on the rhythms and style of music hall songs.

Poems like Gunga Din, Boots and Tommy are still hugely popular, but the ballads, reflecting the endemic racism of the days of the British Empire, have a more problematic existence.

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2006111920061125

Kenneth Cranham presents a selection of his favourites from Rudyard Kipling's 1892 collection of poems, which were inspired by the stories of enlisted soldiers he had met and drew on the rhythms and style of music hall songs.

Poems like Gunga Din, Boots and Tommy are still hugely popular, but the ballads, reflecting the endemic racism of the days of the British Empire, have a more problematic existence.

2006111920061125

Kenneth Cranham presents a selection of his favourites from Rudyard Kipling's 1892 collection of poems, which were inspired by the stories of enlisted soldiers he had met and drew on the rhythms and style of music hall songs.

Poems like Gunga Din, Boots and Tommy are still hugely popular, but the ballads, reflecting the endemic racism of the days of the British Empire, have a more problematic existence.