Remembering Winston Churchill | Tributes to a legendary statesman and a wartime hero
CHANNEL | World Service
RECORDED | 05 October 1954
DURATION | 9 minutes 8 seconds
In this extract from the series 'Report from Britain', writer and Independent MP Alan Herbert remembers his encounters with Churchill in Parliament and gives examples of the Prime Minister's fine way with words and mastery of badinage. One example Herbert recalls is of Churchill's comment about his own, controversial, maiden speech in Parliament: 'Call that a maiden speech? It was a brazen hussy of a speech'.
Alan Herbert wrote a novel, 'The Secret Battle', which was published in 1919 and told the story of a Gallipoli soldier's nervous breakdown and execution for cowardice. The book enjoyed lasting acclaim and is said to have led to reforms in court martial procedures. Winston Churchill wrote the introduction for a later edition of the work.
Recollections of the wit and wisdom of Winston Churchill.
A wartime adviser to Churchill, Field Marshal Alanbrooke, discusses his diaries.
Celebrating the life of Winston Churchill.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson and fellow statesmen pay their respects to Churchill.
Churchill's death inspires messages of condolence from world statesmen.
An interview with Churchill's oldest friend.
The life of Winston Churchill in pictures.
London pauses as the state funeral procession begins.
The approach to St Paul's Cathedral and the commencement of the service.
The conclusion of the service and the journey towards Tower Hill.
The final journey of Winston Churchill.
How Churchill's stroke was concealed from the British public.
A retrospective of 'the greatest Briton of the 20th Century'.
Churchill's speech writing methods are recalled by his principal private secretary.
Joan Bakewell meets Churchill's cook.
Donald Norbrook talks with a former private secretary to Churchill.
An interview with Churchill's bodyguard.
Remembering 'the speech that never was'.
A portrait of Sir Winston by his contemporaries.
Robin Day speaks to Anthony Eden about Churchill.
AJP Taylor appraises the successes and failures of Winston Churchill.
Churchill's secretary speaks.
Peter Dimmock shares the latest arrangements for Churchill's funeral.
Richard Dimbleby announced as sole commentator.
The procession route and Order of Service.
Richard Dimbley pays tribute to his producer for the Churchill state funeral broadcast.
Commentator thanks colleague for his letters about Churchill's funeral.
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