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Private Peaceful

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 04 February 2012

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo dramatised by Simon Reade with music by Coope Boyes and Simpson.

In WW1 over 300 British soldiers were executed by firing squad, some for desertion and cowardice. Many were traumatised by shell-shock. Some 90 years later they received posthumous pardons from the British Government, after a campaign helped by Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful .
Recorded on location in Iddesleigh - the Devon village where the book is set with Michael Morpurgo playing the Vicar and Nicholas Lyndhurst Seargent Hanley

The Organist was Marjorie Cleverdon
Music - Coope Boyes and Simpson.

Directed on location by Susan Roberts.

  • On location outside Iddesleigh church

    On location outside Iddesleigh church

    l-r Simone Reade, Christopher Bianchi, Amy Reade, Michael Morpurgo, Annette Chown, Paul Chequer, Alison Reid, Mark Quartley

  • On location in Iddesleigh village hall

    On location in Iddesleigh village hall

    l-r Tes Allpress, Harvey Allpress, Amy Reade, Daniel Houghton, Nick Brimble

  • On location in Iddesleigh

    On location in Iddesleigh

    l-r Ted Allpress, Harvey Allpress, Susan Roberts, Iain Hunter

  • On location in Iddesleigh

    On location in Iddesleigh

    l-r Susan Roberts, Iain Hunter, Amy Reade, Ted Allpress, harney Allpress

  • On location in Iddesleigh church

    On location in Iddesleigh church

    l-r Marjorie Cleverdon, Christopher Bianchi, Alison Reid, Mark Quartley, Paul Chequer, Ben Allen, Susan Roberts, Iain Hunter


Young Tommo
Ted Allpress
Paul Chequer
Mr Munnings
Nick Brimble
Farmer Cox
Nick Brimble
Michael Morpurgo
Sergeant Hanley
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Captain Wilkes
Jonathan Keeble
Jonathan Keeble
Terence Mann
Terence Mann
Susan Roberts
Michael Morpurgo


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