The Home Front

The Second World War was fought, not only on the battlefields, but also in the kitchen gardens, the factories, and on the hearths and hills of Britain. In a seven-part series, these dangerous and historic times are reconstructed through the records of people's diaries.

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The Second World War was fought not only on the battlefield but also in the kitchen gardens, the factories, the hearths and hills of Britain. In these dangerous times people confided in their diaries. The first of seven reconstructions of wartime Britain using diaries, newspapers, news bulletins and contemporary music. 1938-9: These Foolish Things. "When I get in I find that Murphy, my cat, has killed a robin. In a day of stress and emotion I feel it's Hitler's fault and I cry and cry." "Evacuated mothers and children arrive in the village from the East End - only children were expected." Compiled by Angus Calder Producer David Batchelor. RptWed 11.00pm

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Unknown: Angus Calder

Producer: David Batchelor.

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The first of seven reconstructions of wartime Britain using diaries, newspapers, news bulletins and contemporary music. 1938/9 These Foolish Times

Repeated from Friday

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The Second World War was fought not only on the battlefields of the world but also in the kitchen gardens, the factories, the hearths and hills of Britain, In these dangerous and historic times people confided in their diaries. 2: 1940 "1 Did What I Could with My Gas Mask". 'I think if ever man is entitled to feel miserable, it is when he gropes around Victoria Station in the blackout at midnight looking for his returning 'leave' train." Compiled by Angus Calder. Producer David Batchelor. Rptd Wednesday at 11.00pm

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Unknown: Angus Calder.

Producer: David Batchelor.

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A picture of wartime Britain built up from diary extracts. 2: 1940: 1 Did What I Could with My Gas Mask Repeated from Friday

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Seven programmes which build up a picture of wartime Britain through diary entries of the Second World War. 3: 1941: The Thing-ummy-bob. "The National Canine Defence League has just issued a revised edition of the helpful leaflet 'Wartime Dog Food', and a copy will be gladly sent gratis to any dog owners who care to forward a penny stamp for postage." Compiled by Angus Caider Producer David Batchelor Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

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Unknown: Angus Caider

Producer: David Batchelor

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A picture of Britain built up from the diaries that people confided in during the Second World War. 3: 1941

Repeated from Friday

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Seven programmes building up a picture of Britain during the Second World War using diaries written at the time. 4: 1942: Oh Say Can You See, By the Dawn's Early Light. "Ireland is a land of plenty, plenty of food and plenty of attractive girls - this is rather important...." Producer David Batchelor. Rptd Wed 11.00pm

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Producer: David Batchelor.

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A picture of wartime Britain built up from diary extracts. 4: 1942: Oh Say

Can You See, By the Dawn's Early Light Repeated from Good Friday

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Seven programmes building up a picture of Britain during the Second World War through diaries written at the time. 5: 1943: Is He Well? "Pantellaria gives in. Well! It's one dot on the world map and it's borne one month of heavy bombing. How long for Germany and Italy?" Producer David Batchelor. Rptd Wed 11.00pm

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Seven pictures of Britain during the Second World War culled from diaries of the time. 5: 1943: Is He Well?

Repeated from Friday

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Seven pictures of Britain during the Second World War culled from diaries of the time. 6: 1944: We'll Meet Again Producer David Batchelor Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

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Producer: David Batchelor

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Seven pictures of Britain during the Second World War culled from diaries of the time. 6: 1944: We'll Meet Again Repeated from Friday

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The last in the series of pictures about Second World War Britain culled from diaries of the time. 1945: Jerusalem

Producer David Batchelor. Rptd Wed 11.00pm

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Last in the series about Second World

War Britain culled from diaries of the time. 1945: Jerusalem

Repeated from Friday

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 November 199019901120

Producer: J. THORNLEY

Next in series: 1/7 - 1939, THESE FOOLISH TIMES

Previous in series: 6, PUTTING THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE

Broadcast history

20 Nov 1990 09:35-11:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1990-10-26

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 3

011938/39 - These Foolish Things1990112719990723

`I was led to expect that thousands of bombers would be over here the first day war was declared'.

021940: I Did What I Could With My Gas Mask1990120419990730
031941: The Thing-ummy-bob1990121119990806
041942: Oh Say Can You See, By The Dawn's Early Light1990121819990813
051943: Is He Well?1990122519990820
061944: We'll Meet Again1991010119990827
07 LAST1945: Jerusalem1991010819990903