11-15 August 1914

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As Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary, Folkestone tries to rally flagging tourism whilst waving local troops off to the front.

Written by: Katie Hims & Sean Moffatt
Consultant Historian: Professor Maggie Andrews
Music by: Matthew Strachan
Directed and produced by: Lucy Collingwood
Editor: Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front is a ground-breaking new Radio Four radio drama - its biggest ever - set in Britain during 1914-18, playing a central role in the BBC's comprehensive First World War offering.

An enthralling fiction, set against a backdrop of fact. Each episode is set a hundred years to the day before broadcast, and follows one character's day. Together they create a mosaic of experience from a wide cross-section of British society, and a playful treasure hunt, with historical truths hidden in each story.

Season One is set in Folkestone, a fashionable Edwardian seaside resort that quickly became one of the hubs of the military machine, and close enough to France to hear the fighting. Future seasons will be set in Newcastle and Devon, telling the major stories of wartime Britain.

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58 minutes

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Fri 15 Aug 2014 21:00


Role Contributor
NormanSean Baker
IsabelKeely Beresford
GabrielMichael Bertenshaw
LilianLisa Brookes
Mrs CloutElaine Claxton
Dr McFeeDavid Cann
BillBen Crowe
SylviaDeborah Findlay
FreddieFreddie Fox
ForresterNigel Hastings
ArchieArthur Hughes
JackAshley Kumar
KittyAmi Metcalf
AlbertHarry Myers
AdamLeo Montague
VictorJoel MacCormack
RalphNicholas Murchie
FlorrieClaire Rushbrook
DorotheaRachel Shelley
DieterJoe Sims
WriterKatie Hims
WriterSean Moffatt
DirectorLucy Collingwood
ProducerLucy Collingwood

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