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Moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history.

A moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, first broadcast in September 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Framed by recollections from veteran

Geoffrey Wellum, the drama features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the drama traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins.

It stars Samuel West, Samuel Barnett, Rory Kinnear and Ruth Wilson.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe. Mike Walker's drama takes us close to this magnificent aircraft

and gives us a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, 'a symbol of defiance and victory'.

Technical Advisor: Patrick Bishop

Original music and sound design: David Chilton

Producer/Director: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

SP2010091120120804

A moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Framed by recollections from veteran Geoffrey Wellum, the play features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the play traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins.

It stars Samuel West, Samuel Barnett, Rory Kinnear and Ruth Wilson.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe.

Mike Walker's play takes us close to this magnificent aircraft and gives us a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, 'a symbol of defiance and victory'.

Pirate - Rory Kinnear

Ted - Joe Coen

RJ Mitchell - Samuel West

Tony - Samuel Barnett

Stanley Baldwin - David Horovitch

Air Marshal Dowding - David Troughton

Squadron Commander - Stephen Critchlow

Newsreel Announcer - Ben Crowe

Sammy - Lucas Motion

Alice - Abigail Thaw

Daphne - Ruth Wilson

Technical Advisor: Patrick Bishop

Original music/sound design: David Chilton

Producer/Director: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history.

A moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Framed by recollections from veteran Geoffrey Wellum, the play features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the play traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins. It stars Samuel West, Samuel Barnett, Rory Kinnear and Ruth Wilson.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe. Mike Walker's play takes us close to this magnificent aircraft and gives us a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, 'a symbol of defiance and victory'.