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Duration: 1 hour

During World War Two an army of performers from ballerinas to magicians, contortionists to impressionists, set out to help win the war by entertaining the troops far and wide. Risking their lives they ventured into war zones, dodging explosions and performing close to enemy lines. Featuring the memories of this intrepid band of entertainers and with contributions from Dame Vera Lynn, Eric Sykes and Tony Benn, this documentary tells the remarkable story of the World War Two performers and hears the memories of some of those troops who were entertained during the dark days of war.

Last on

Tue 22 Apr 2014 23:50 BBC Four

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  • Army: A Very British Institution

    Army: A Very British Institution

    This programme is part of BBC Four's Army: A Very British Institution, a season of programmes looking at the British armed forces.

    Go to the BBC Four Army Collection


Executive Producer
Caroline Wright
Alexandra Briscoe


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