David Gooderson - Death Of A Village


20170126 (BBC7)In 1917, the Devon fishing village of Hallsands was washed into the sea by a ferocious storm, leaving 25 families homeless.

The underlying cause was not the storm itself, but the dredging of the beach for gravel by government contractors, which had continued despite many warnings of its dangers.

David Gooderson's play is based on contemporary records and looks at the events leading up to the great storm, and the village's subsequent fight for compensation.

Stars June Barrie as Lizzie, Emily Bruni as Young Lizzie, Robin Pirongs as Will and Robert Usher as George.

Producer: Peter Leslie Wild

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

20170126 (BBC7)The underlying causes of a Devon fishing village being washed into the sea by a storm.