Remembering Winston Churchill | Tributes to a legendary statesman and a wartime hero
CHANNEL | Unknown
RECORDED | circa 1973
DURATION | 7 minutes 32 seconds
Sir John Martin, who worked for Winston Churchill during World War II, outlines how the Prime Minister went about composing his speeches. He prepared them himself, dictating directly to a shorthand writer, and took great care selecting appropriate words and phrasing. Only after Churchill had checked through a written-up version himself was anyone else allowed to see and comment on it.
The 'some chicken some neck' quote refered to in this programme extract is from a speech Churchill made to the Canadian Parliament on 30th December 1941. The text of the speech is:
'The contribution of Canada to the Imperial war effort in troops, in ships, in aircraft, in food and in finance has been magnificent... Hitler and his Nazi gang have sown the wind: let them reap the whirlwind... When I warned them [the French] that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided cabinet: 'In three weeks England would have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some Neck!"
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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