The Fringes Of Power

By John Colville.

In 1939 the young diplomat John Colville was seconded from the Foreign Office to Number 10 Downing Street, and went on to serve as Winston Churchill's Private Secretary for much of the Second World War.

The Downing Street Diaries he kept, against all regulations, offer an extraordinary insider's view of the public and private face of Churchill throughout those momentous years.

Jamie Bamber reads selected extracts, abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

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01May - June 194020050124

By John Colville.

In 1939 the young diplomat John Colville was seconded from the Foreign Office to Number 10 Downing Street, and went on to serve as Winston Churchill's Private Secretary for much of the Second World War.

The Downing Street Diaries he kept, against all regulations, offer an extraordinary insider's view of the public and private face of Churchill throughout those momentous years.

Jamie Bamber reads selected extracts, abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.In this first episode, the new Prime Minister takes up residence, Germany invades France and the British Expeditionary Force is evacuated from Dunkirk.

02June - August 194020050125

The collapse of France; Britain readies for invasion.

03August 1940 - Jan 194120050126

Air attacks on London intensify.

04May - September 194120050127

Germany invades Russia.

05 LASTAugust 1944 - May 194520050128

The liberation of Paris heralds the eventual collapse of Germany and the end of the war in Europe.