Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover

Surely, Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original and entirely without controversy.

Or perhaps not.

Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation in its finest hour.

Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area? Ian meets Dame Vera Lynn, veterans, musicologists and yes, an ornithologist in his quest to find the hidden meaning of this classic wartime song.

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Surely, Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original and entirely without controversy.

Or perhaps not.

Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation in its finest hour.

Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area? Ian meets Dame Vera Lynn, veterans, musicologists and yes, an ornithologist in his quest to find the hidden meaning of this classic wartime song.

Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original, but not entirely without controversy. Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation in its finest hour. Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area?

Ian meets Dame Vera Lynn, veterans, musicologists and even an ornithologist in his quest to find the hidden meaning of this classic wartime song.

Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original, but not entirely without controversy.

Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area?

Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation.

Bluebirds? Over Dover? Ian Hislop delves into the somewhat chequered history of Dame Vera Lynn's legendary wartime anthem.

Bluebirds? Over Dover? Ian Hislop delves into the chequered history of the wartime anthem.

2004052920070405
20110321 (BBC7)
20120317 (BBC7)
20131207 (BBC7)
20091012 (R4)

Surely, Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original and entirely without controversy.

Or perhaps not.

Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation in its finest hour.

Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area? Ian meets Dame Vera Lynn, veterans, musicologists and yes, an ornithologist in his quest to find the hidden meaning of this classic wartime song.

Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original, but not entirely without controversy. Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation in its finest hour. Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area?

Ian meets Dame Vera Lynn, veterans, musicologists and even an ornithologist in his quest to find the hidden meaning of this classic wartime song.

Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic is British, original, but not entirely without controversy.

Could it really be a song weighed down by politics, propaganda and even a touch of plagiarism? And what about those bluebirds - have you ever seen any in the Dover area?

Ian Hislop discovers the chequered history of this musical mainstay of the British nation.

Bluebirds? Over Dover? Ian Hislop delves into the somewhat chequered history of Dame Vera Lynn's legendary wartime anthem.

Bluebirds? Over Dover? Ian Hislop delves into the chequered history of the wartime anthem.