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Latest First World War Broadcast Resources – Political and Social Change

This week there are a number of new programmes looking at different aspects of the First World War and its aftermath.  In particular some of these programmes look at how the war brought about deep political and social change across Europe, and how these effects can be still be felt today.


The Long Shadow, BBC2 8.30pm, 1 October

This second episode of the three part series presented by historian Professor David Reynolds examines the huge political and ideological divisions in Europe after the war.  Episode three on 8 October continues this theme and traces the rise of nationalism across Europe in the aftermath of the war and how the drastic changes to the map of Europe destabilised the continent for most of the 20th Century.


Blenheim Palace: Great War House, ITV 9pm, 2 October

Julian Fellowes explores how the war brought about social change at Blenheim Palace by comparing the experiences of very different men from the Estate; Winston Churchill and Arthur Hine an estate clerk who became a heroic despatch rider at the front.


Pwy sy’n gwisgo’r trowsus? (translation; Who wears the trousers?), S4C available on Clic

On 27-28 September S4C broadcast a weekend of programmes ‘taking a fresh look at the experiences of people in Wales’, at home and on the battlefields during WW1.  The first of these, still available on Clic,  considers how women’s rights, attitudes and fashions were changed by the War. Further information can be found on the S4C website.


Tommies, 2.15pm BBC Radio 4, 7 October

Radio 4 is launching a new drama series, created by Jonathan Ruffle, following the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War One.