I Was There Too!

Series of stories about great historical moments, told from the perspective of unexpected and overlooked witnesses.

Episodes

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0101That Door2009051220110918
20121120 (BBC7)
20130917 (BBC7)
20130918 (BBC7)

Wittenberg, 1517: Brother Martin meets indomitable Frau Sprenger. Read by Eleanor Bron.

Fresh 'witness' insights into history. Wittenberg, 1517: Brother Martin meets indomitable Frau Sprenger. Read by Eleanor Bron.

Wittenberg, on a cold October night in 1517.

Brother Martin Luther has some papers he wants to nail to the church door, but he hadn't counted on meeting the indomitable Frau Sprenger.

by Elizabeth Kuti. in wittenberg 1517, brother martin meets the indomitable frau sprenger.

by Elizabeth Kuti. fresh 'witness' insights into history. in wittenberg 1517, brother martin meets the indomitable frau sprenger. read by Eleanor Bron

0102Nothing But Blue Skies2009051320110925
20121121 (BBC7)
20130918 (BBC7)
20130919 (BBC7)

Katherine Rudd recalls events on the night of the Roswell incident in New Mexico, 1947.

Katherine Rudd, now 97, recalls events on the night of the Roswell incident in New Mexico, 1947. Read by Elizabeth Masrantonio.

By Dominic Power.

Katharine Rudd tells the true story of the night of the Roswell incident

97-year-old Katharine Rudd tells the true story of her experiences on the night of the Roswell incident in New Mexico, 1947, when the US government allegedly covered up an encounter with aliens.

By Dominic Power, read by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

By Dominic Power. Katherine Rudd recalls the Roswell incident in New Mexico, 1947.

0103 LASTPermanent Wave2009051420111002
20121122 (BBC7)
20130919 (BBC7)
20130920 (BBC7)

What did Margaret Thatcher's hairdresser witness during her last days at Downing Street?

What might Margaret Thatcher's hairdresser have witnessed in the lead up to her exit from Downing Street? Read by Maggie Stead.

What it might have been like to dress the hair of one of Britain's most influential women.

By Ian Sansom.

Imagining what it might have been like to dress the hair of one of the country's most influential women.

Read by Maggie Steed

By Ian Sansom. What did Thatcher's hairdresser witness in her last days at Downing Street?

By Ian Sansom. What might Margaret Thatcher's hairdresser have witnessed in the lead-up to her exit from Downing Street? Read by Maggie Stead.

0201Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint2010070620140127 (BBC7)
20140128 (BBC7)

By Lucy Caldwell. Being overshadowed by a sibling takes on a whole new meaning.

In the pivotal moments of history the little man is inevitably written out of the history books. Whatever happened to Cleopatra's milkman, Einstein's postman, Michelangelo's model or Shakespeare's gardener? Just maybe there was more going on behind the scenes than we could ever imagine.

Writers Lucy Caldwell, Heidi Regan and Jessica Ransom, take us behind the scenes for an alternative look at some great historical moments through the eyes of some unexpected - and, until now - overlooked witnesses who were there too!

It's history - but not quite as we know it!

Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint

by Lucy Caldwell

Reader: Corinne Kempa

Being overshadowed by a sibling takes on a whole new meaning when your sister is a figure of national notoriety.

Pretty As A Picture

by Heidi Regan

Reader: Raphael Koeb

Beauty and truth collide when a young assistant accompanies a master painter on an important royal commission.

She Wore a White Dress

by Jessica Ransom

Reader: Julie Dray

Dressing a queen is a great responsibility, especially for her final public appearance.

Producer: Heather Larmour

This week our afternoon readings take a look at some momentous moments in history from the perspective of those on the sidelines. Each afternoon some unexpected witnesses who were 'there too' tell us their stories and give us an insight into the happenings that didn't make it into the history books.

Today's 'I Was There Too!' reading takes us back to events in fifteenth century France and a most unusual case of sibling rivalry, as Corinne Kempa reads 'Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint' by Lucy Caldwell, producer Heather Larmour.

Today's 'I Was There Too!' reading takes us back to events in fifteenth century France and a most unusual case of sibling rivalry, as Corrine Kempa reads 'Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint' by Lucy Caldwell, producer Heather Larmour.

0202Pretty As A Picture2010070720140128 (BBC7)
20140129 (BBC7)

By Heidi Regan. A young assistant accompanies a painter on an important royal commission.

In the pivotal moments of history the little man is inevitably written out of the history books. Whatever happened to Cleopatra's milkman, Einstein's postman, Michelangelo's model or Shakespeare's gardener? Just maybe there was more going on behind the scenes than we could ever imagine.

Writers Lucy Caldwell, Heidi Regan and Jessica Ransom, take us behind the scenes for an alternative look at some great historical moments through the eyes of some unexpected - and, until now - overlooked witnesses who were there too!

It's history - but not quite as we know it!

Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint

by Lucy Caldwell

Reader: Corrine Kempa

Being overshadowed by a sibling takes on a whole new meaning when your sister is a figure of national notoriety.

Pretty as a Picture

by Heidi Regan

Reader: Raphael Koeb

Beauty and truth collide when a young assistant accompanies a master painter on an important royal commission.

She Wore a White Dress

by Jessica Ransom

Reader: Julie Dray

Dressing a queen is a great responsibility, especially for her final public appearance.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Our afternoon readings this week take a look at some momentous moments in history from the perspective of some unexpected witnesses who were 'there too' but didn't quite make it into the history books.

Today's reading takes us to Tudor times where an eager young apprentice travels with a master painter on an important commission where he learns a valuable lesson about the politics of beauty and truth.

Raphael Koeb reads 'Pretty as a Picture' by Heidi Regan, producer Heather Larmour.

A young assistant accompanies a painter on an important royal commission.

0203 LASTShe Wore A White Dress2010070820140129 (BBC7)
20140130 (BBC7)

In the pivotal moments of history the little man is inevitably written out of the history books. Whatever happened to Cleopatra's milkman, Einstein's postman, Michelangelo's model or Shakespeare's gardener? Just maybe there was more going on behind the scenes than we could ever imagine.

Writers Lucy Caldwell, Heidi Regan and Jessica Ransom, take us behind the scenes for an alternative look at some great historical moments through the eyes of some unexpected - and, until now - overlooked witnesses who were there too!

It's history - but not quite as we know it!

Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint

by Lucy Caldwell

Reader: Corrine Kempa

Being overshadowed by a sibling takes on a whole new meaning when your sister is a figure of national notoriety.

Pretty As A Picture

by Heidi Regan

Reader: Raphael Koeb

Beauty and truth collide when a young assistant accompanies a master painter on an important royal commission.

She Wore a White Dress

by Jessica Ransom

Reader: Julie Dray

Dressing a queen is a great responsibility, especially for her final public appearance.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Today's afternoon reading sees the last in our 'I Was There Too!' series, readings which offer us an unexpected interpretation of some historic moments from some witnesses who were there too! It's history, but not as we know it!

This afternoon we travel to revolutionary France as a young dressmaker gives us her insight into dressing a Queen for the most public appearance of her life. Julie Dray reads 'She Wore a White Dress' by Jessica Ransom, Producer Heather Larmour.

By Jessica Ransom. Dressing a queen for her final appearance is a great responsibility.

This afternoon we travel to revolutionary France as a young dressmaker gives us her insight into dressing a Queen for the most public appearance of her life.

Julie Dray reads 'She Wore a White Dress' by Jessica Ransom, Producer Heather Larmour.

A queen is dressed for her final public appearance.