|01||The True Story - Part 1||19990816||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.
|02||Living With Strangers: The Pleasure And Pain Of Being An Evacuee||19990823||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.
|03||A Bundle From Britain: The Dramatic Story Of The Overseas Evacuees||19990830||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.
|04||Scarecrows In The Rubble||19990906||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 LAST||The True Story - Part 2||19990913||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'.|