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Tommies

By: Michael Chaplin, Nick Warburton, Avin Shah, Jonathan Ruffle, Nandita Ghose, Patricia Cumper, Neil Brand
Narrated by: Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon, Indira Varma
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Summary

A major BBC Radio 4 drama series following the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War I

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each of these 42 episodes of Tommies traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

We follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army, as they experience life – and death – on the front line. Meanwhile, Dr Celestine de Tullio battles to save soldiers suffering from gas gangrene and trench fever – and experiences the fighting firsthand when she enlists in the Serbian Army and commands a dangerous offensive.

They are all cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years. Through their voices – and a host of others – we hear untold stories about the conflict in Gaza, Gallipoli, Salonika, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania, as well as on the Western Front.

Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon and Indira Varma are among the extensive cast of this gripping series, created by Jonathan Ruffle, who produced the acclaimed real-time radio dramatisation of Len Deighton’s Bomber. Based on actual historical records, it paints a vivid portrait of daily life for soldiers and their families during 1914-1918, and sheds new light on the reality of the Great War.

©2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Engaging horrifying and thoughtful

I loved this raw betrayal of life and all its pain in the Great War that doesn’t forget the times of laughter

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Great read

This is well written a great read a great series like home front which I have

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Tommies

A harrowingly addictive series. Sadly beautiful and informative account of those who gave their lives for their country.

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Amazing

Tommies is perfection in its execution. A true roller coaster of the futility of war. I listened to most of this as it was originally broadcast, but having had the chance to binge listen over the past week has been a magical experience

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Brilliant.

I heard this when first broadcast on bbc radio 4. I had been searching for it and came across it here on audible. A great drama, dovetailed with actual events, so well put together and enlightening some of us less well read on WW1. It inspired me at the time to go looking for more info.
Happy, sad and emotional. You can live the lives, up to a point, of the men and women who participated.
Brilliant.

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Fanstatic

This BBC 4 drama series is worth the cost of a TV licence on its own, and to be able to get it on audible is great.
the idea of each episode being one day in the of WW1 is clever and very engaging.
The cast is top notch as expected, the sounds of the war are recreated wonderfully, the narrator does a great job of adding facts and critical information during each episode.
True stories told in a compassionate and engaging way.
Can't put it down or pause it I should say.
Best book I've gotten of Audible and that is saying something as I research which books I want before purchasing.

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Excellent production

Really takes you back in time to WW1. Great characters and story. Def worth a credit

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Truly wonderful

an amazing story and a fitting tribute to all the men and woman from top to bottom that had to fight in one form or another.

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Unbelievably good. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Mickie Bliss, a hero for their time. Wonderful evocative story telling. Thank you so much. More please.

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Absolutely amazing series

I listened to much of this series when broadcast and I'm glad that Audible have the entire selection. It's a ground breaking look at the great war from a unique perspective.

A reviewer mentioned that one of the chapters was missing. This appears to be fixed as I compared the version streamed via the echo and my own download. The download was incorrect so anyone with this issue can delete the download and retry it. I note however that the additional documentary about the making of the series is not yet included - I hope this can be added in because it would be interesting to here what the crew have to say.

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