The Evacuation

Charles Wheeler presents a five-part series marking the sixtieth anniversary of the wartime evacuation of Britain's cities and featuring the personal testimonies of over 500 evacuees.

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01The True Story - Part 119990816

Charles Wheeler presents a five-part series marking the sixtieth anniversary of the wartime evacuation of Britain's cities and featuring the personal testimonies of over 500 evacuees.

In this first programme, evacuees, teachers, billeting officers and a top wartime civil servant describe the emotional events leading up to the first day of evacuation.

02Living With Strangers: The Pleasure And Pain Of Being An Evacuee19990823

Charles Wheeler examines what really happened to over one-and-a-half million Second World War evacuees.

He discovers the culture clash when working-class children were dumped in the homes of the reluctant middle classes.

03A Bundle From Britain: The Dramatic Story Of The Overseas Evacuees19990830

With the threat of Nazi occupation looming, thousands of children were sent abroad for the duration of the war.

However, catastrophe struck when evacuees on the SS Benares were targeted by a U-boat attack.

Charles Wheeler talks to some of the survivors.

04Scarecrows In The Rubble19990906

After five years of separation from their parents, Britain's evacuees finally returned home.

British life seemed particularly austere when they encountered bomb damage and the irritations of rationing - a far cry from the sunny paradise many experienced in Canada or Australia.

05 LASTThe True Story - Part 219990913

Charles Wheeler is joined by Baroness Castle of Blackburn and Michael Aspel to discuss the long-term impact of what has been called `the greatest social experiment of the 20th century'.