Churchill's Roar

A Routes of ENGLISH special

"The nation had the lion's heart.

I had the luck to give the roar," Churchill said of his pivotal role in the Second World War.

Melvyn Bragg presents an analysis and celebration of the remarkable mixture of words and delivery, of vocal pyrotechnics and deep understanding of the power of metaphor and imagery that Sir Winston displayed throughout his life.

Melvyn travels to Churchill's Chartwell home to see where he wrote - and rehearsed - words that stirred the heart and steeled the will, and in the research labs of LONDON University subjects some of the most famous lines to computer phonetic analysis to pin down the science of Churchillian vocal magic.

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A Routes of ENGLISH special

"The nation had the lion's heart.

I had the luck to give the roar," Churchill said of his pivotal role in the Second World War.

Melvyn Bragg presents an analysis and celebration of the remarkable mixture of words and delivery, of vocal pyrotechnics and deep understanding of the power of metaphor and imagery that Sir Winston displayed throughout his life.

Melvyn travels to Churchill's Chartwell home to see where he wrote - and rehearsed - words that stirred the heart and steeled the will, and in the research labs of LONDON University subjects some of the most famous lines to computer phonetic analysis to pin down the science of Churchillian vocal magic.