Coming Home

Charles Wheeler presents five personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world.

In a series running across the week, he traces the ways in which the previous years of hostilities led to a growing realisation that nothing was as it had been before.

Through new interviews and rarely-heard archive recordings, those directly involved - the soldier, the POW, the war widow and those who didn't fight - tell their stories of the end of war, of homecoming, and adjustment to new realities.

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20050509

Charles Wheeler presents five personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world. In a series running across the week, he traces the ways in which the previous years of hostilities led to a growing realisation that nothing was as it had been before. Through new interviews and rarely-heard archive recordings, those directly involved - the soldier, the POW, the war widow and those who didn't fight - tell their stories of the end of war, of homecoming, and adjustment to new realities.

1/5. War's End

The War ground to a halt in Europe on 8th May 1945. But in the Far East it was still raging, and celebrations at home were in stark contrast to events on the other side of the world. The first programme explores first-hand experiences of the war's end and its delays.

20050510

Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and beyond.

2/5. Home Again

As the cheers of the victory parties subsided among the hangovers, the realities of servicemen's return to civilian life began to bite. Picking up the threads of lives interrupted by the horrors of conflict was a new battle to fight. And for women whose lives had moved on, a husband back in the house could mean learning to live with a stranger. For others, home no longer even existed.

Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world.

20050511

Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and beyond.

3/5. Missing

What had gone forever? The programme explores the absences and gaps left behind by war, from townscapes physically altered by bomb damage to much more personal losses: bereavement and displacement.

20050512

Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and beyond.

4/5. A Civil Society

The 1945 General Election ushered in a Government promising a brighter, happier, more stable future. But as the war ended in the Far East, exhausted men and women returned home to discover they had entered a new period of austerity: rationing of food, clothing and fuel; one of the worst winters on record and an energy crisis making life for some as hard as it had been during the war itself.

20050513

Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and beyond.

5/5. Out of the Ashes

In the aftermath of the A-Bomb, would it be possible for idealism to return? This programme looks at science, culture, religion and sport and asks whether they provided new hope and progress after long years of war.

20141109

Earlier this year, Andrew Motion visited the British army camp at Bad Fallingbostel, 40 kilometres north of Hanover in Germany. It's where the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - are based and where they returned this Spring after Operation Herrick 19, their final tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Here he talked to a range of soldiers, and back in England he also talked to the mother of a soldier who had been killed on duty in Helmand. He has used these conversations as the basis for a series of new poems reflecting on what it is like for British soldiers to come home after their long and dangerous campaign in Afghanistan. The poems explore the particular nature of the Afghan conflict, while showing certain continuities that flow from wars through the generations.

In this programme, the interviews and poems are set side by side, creating a unique poetry event by Andrew Motion to mark Remembrance Day 2014.

Produced by Melissa FitzGerald

A Blakeway production for BBC Radio 4.

2014110920141115 (R4)

Earlier this year, Andrew Motion visited the British army camp at Bad Fallingbostel, 40 kilometres north of Hanover in Germany. It's where the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - are based and where they returned this Spring after Operation Herrick 19, their final tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Here he talked to a range of soldiers, and back in England he also talked to the mother of a soldier who had been killed on duty in Helmand. He has used these conversations as the basis for a series of new poems reflecting on what it is like for British soldiers to come home after their long and dangerous campaign in Afghanistan. The poems explore the particular nature of the Afghan conflict, while showing certain continuities that flow from wars through the generations.

In this programme, the interviews and poems are set side by side, creating a unique poetry event by Andrew Motion to mark Remembrance Day 2014.

Produced by Melissa FitzGerald

A Blakeway production for BBC Radio 4.

2014110920141115 (R4)

Earlier this year, Andrew Motion visited the British army camp at Bad Fallingbostel, 40 kilometres north of Hanover in Germany. It's where the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - are based and where they returned this Spring after Operation Herrick 19, their final tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Here he talked to a range of soldiers, and back in England he also talked to the mother of a soldier who had been killed on duty in Helmand. He has used these conversations as the basis for a series of new poems reflecting on what it is like for British soldiers to come home after their long and dangerous campaign in Afghanistan. The poems explore the particular nature of the Afghan conflict, while showing certain continuities that flow from wars through the generations.

In this programme, the interviews and poems are set side by side, creating a unique poetry event by Andrew Motion to mark Remembrance Day 2014.

Produced by Melissa FitzGerald

A Blakeway production for BBC Radio 4.

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Ray Moore presents music to brighten the road home, featuring

Jackie TRENT , Dorian GRAY The Bystanders, The Symbols THE DES Champ Orchestra plus discs and the latest traffic news

Produced by John Bussell

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Unknown: Ray Moore

Unknown: Jackie Trent

Produced By: John Bussell

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Keith Skues with a pop parade to brighten the road home, featuring

MADELINE BELL. JOHN ROWLES UNIT 4 + 2. THE EQUALS

THE DES CHAMP Orchestra plus discs and traffic news

Produced by John Bussell

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Unknown: Keith Skues

Unknown: Madeline Bell.

Produced By: John Bussell

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Pete Drummond presents a Pop Parade to brighten the road home featuring

SOLOMON KING , Kiki DEE

THE MARMALADE, VANITY FARE THE DES CHAMP ORCHESTRA with top discs and the latest traffic news

Produced by JOHN BUSSELL

Solomon King Is In ' Showtime ' at the Central Pier. Blackpool

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Unknown: Pete Drummond

Unknown: Solomon King

Unknown: Kiki Dee

Produced By: John Bussell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680415]

Ray Moore presents music to brighten the road home, featuring

Jackie TRENT , Dorian GRAY The Bystanders, The Symbols THE DES Champ Orchestra plus discs and the latest traffic news

Produced by John Bussell

See page 37

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680415]

Unknown: Ray Moore

Unknown: Jackie Trent

Produced By: John Bussell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680603]

Keith Skues with a pop parade to brighten the road home, featuring

MADELINE BELL. JOHN ROWLES UNIT 4 + 2. THE EQUALS

THE DES CHAMP Orchestra plus discs and traffic news

Produced by John Bussell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680603]

Unknown: Keith Skues

Unknown: Madeline Bell.

Produced By: John Bussell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680902]

Pete Drummond presents a Pop Parade to brighten the road home featuring

SOLOMON KING , Kiki DEE

THE MARMALADE, VANITY FARE THE DES CHAMP ORCHESTRA with top discs and the latest traffic news

Produced by JOHN BUSSELL

Solomon King Is In ' Showtime ' at the Central Pier. Blackpool

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680902]

Unknown: Pete Drummond

Unknown: Solomon King

Unknown: Kiki Dee

Produced By: John Bussell

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Keith Skues presents a pop parade to brighten your road home, featuring

VANITY FARE, PICKETTY WITCH LOVE AFFAIR, FERRIS WHEEL WILD ANGELS plus discs and all the latest traffic news

Produced by JOHN BUSSELL

Genome: [r4 Bd=19700330]

Keith Skues presents a pop parade to brighten your road home, featuring

VANITY FARE, PICKETTY WITCH LOVE AFFAIR, FERRIS WHEEL WILD ANGELS plus discs and all the latest traffic news

Produced by JOHN BUSSELL

Genome: [r4 Bd=19700330]

Produced By: John Bussell

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Produced By: John Bussell

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Cari Roberts was aBFBS broadcaster on the East

German border in the 1980s. In the first of three talks she gives a personal view of the turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

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Cari Roberts was aBFBS broadcaster on the East

German border in the 1980s. In the first of three talks she gives a personal view of the turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930413]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930413]

Unknown: Cari Roberts

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

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Cari Roberts was a BFBS broadcaster on the East German border in the 1980s. In the second of three talks she gives a personal view of the heady, turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930420]

Cari Roberts was a BFBS broadcaster on the East German border in the 1980s. In the second of three talks she gives a personal view of the heady, turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930420]
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Cari Roberts was a BFBS broadcaster on the East German border in the 1980s. In the last of three talks she gives a personal view of the heady, turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930427]

Cari Roberts was a BFBS broadcaster on the East German border in the 1980s. In the last of three talks she gives a personal view of the heady, turbulent days of Reunification.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930427]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930427]
01War's End20050509

Charles Wheeler presents five personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world.

In a series running across the week, he traces the ways in which the previous years of hostilities led to a growing realisation that nothing was as it had been before.

Through new interviews and rarely-heard archive recordings, those directly involved - the soldier, the POW, the war widow and those who didn't fight - tell their stories of the end of war, of homecoming, and adjustment to new realities.The War ground to a halt in Europe on 8th May 1945.

But in the Far East it was still raging, and celebrations at home were in stark contrast to events on the other side of the world.

The first programme explores first-hand experiences of the war's end and its delays.

01War's End20050509

Charles Wheeler presents five personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world.

In a series running across the week, he traces the ways in which the previous years of hostilities led to a growing realisation that nothing was as it had been before.

Through new interviews and rarely-heard archive recordings, those directly involved - the soldier, the POW, the war widow and those who didn't fight - tell their stories of the end of war, of homecoming, and adjustment to new realities.The War ground to a halt in Europe on 8th May 1945.

But in the Far East it was still raging, and celebrations at home were in stark contrast to events on the other side of the world.

The first programme explores first-hand experiences of the war's end and its delays.

02Home Again20050510

As the cheers of the victory parties subsided among the hangovers, the realities of servicemen's return to civilian life began to bite.

Picking up the threads of lives interrupted by the horrors of conflict was a new battle to fight.

And for women whose lives had moved on, a husband back in the house could mean learning to live with a stranger.

For others, home no longer even existed.

02Home Again20050510

As the cheers of the victory parties subsided among the hangovers, the realities of servicemen's return to civilian life began to bite.

Picking up the threads of lives interrupted by the horrors of conflict was a new battle to fight.

And for women whose lives had moved on, a husband back in the house could mean learning to live with a stranger.

For others, home no longer even existed.

03Missing20050511

What had gone forever? The programme explores the absences and gaps left behind by war, from townscapes physically altered by bomb damage to much more personal losses: bereavement and displacement.

03Missing20050511

What had gone forever? The programme explores the absences and gaps left behind by war, from townscapes physically altered by bomb damage to much more personal losses: bereavement and displacement.

04A Civil Society20050512

The 1945 General Election ushered in a Government promising a brighter, happier, more stable future.

But as the war ended in the Far East, exhausted men and women returned home to discover they had entered a new period of austerity: rationing of food, clothing and fuel; one of the worst winters on record and an energy crisis making life for some as hard as it had been during the war itself.

04A Civil Society20050512

The 1945 General Election ushered in a Government promising a brighter, happier, more stable future.

But as the war ended in the Far East, exhausted men and women returned home to discover they had entered a new period of austerity: rationing of food, clothing and fuel; one of the worst winters on record and an energy crisis making life for some as hard as it had been during the war itself.

05 LASTOut Of The Ashes20050513

In the aftermath of the A-Bomb, would it be possible for idealism to return? This programme looks at science, culture, religion and sport and asks whether they provided new hope and progress after long years of war.

05 LASTOut Of The Ashes20050513

In the aftermath of the A-Bomb, would it be possible for idealism to return? This programme looks at science, culture, religion and sport and asks whether they provided new hope and progress after long years of war.