Somme 100 programme 6

Local historian Andrew Lound who is passionate about making WWI stories accessible to a young audience. Here is as Tommy Atkins, a typical British soldier. We also visit Birchfield Harriers athletics club and end with Sgt Alfred Knight VC, a local recipient of the Victoria Cross. 6 of 6 (function(d, s, id) { var js, [...]

Somme 100 programme 5

The South Staffordshire Regiment in World War 1 through the work of author Andrew Thornton. Also featured is the work of the West Midlands Fire Service Heritage Group, the memorials photograph collection of Tony Woolley and the artefacts and battlefield relics of Dave Vaux. Two well-known historians assess the shell crisis if 1915 -1916. 5 [...]

Somme 100 Programme 4

Programme 4 features the French town of Albert and its links with Birmingham. Albert’s main street is named ‘Rue de Birmingham’. Thiepval village and memorial is also featured and we look at the role of the Royal Flying Corps and local airman Francis Fitzgerald Waldron.  4 of 6 (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs [...]

Somme 100 programme 3

We visit the area where the Battle of the Somme took place- Hawthorn Ridge, High Wood, Arras, with WWI enthusiasts Terry Carter and Dave Vaux and cemeteries near Beaumont Hamel. There is an interview with Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor of Conflict Studies at Wolverhampton University who assess the success of the battle and General Haig. [...]

Somme 100 Programme 2

The news from this week in 1916 presented in the same format as Big Centre TV’s  Big Magazine 2016. Programme 2 of 6 (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.5&appId=109975615737090"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Somme 100 Programme 1

Somme 100 is a series of programmes produced by TNT News and Big Centre TV to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The build up begins with news bulletins from the last week of June 1916 using real news stories from the newspapers of the period. The programme is [...]