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Britain's Wartime Evacuees

Reel History of Britain Episode 1 of 20

Melvyn Bragg, accompanied by a vintage mobile cinema, travels across the country to show incredible footage preserved by the British Film Institute and other national and regional film archives, to tell the history of modern Britain.

In Torquay, Melvyn looks back to the 1940s and the largest mass movement of people in British history - wartime evacuation. Bunty Tait shares her epic adventure as a runaway evacuee. EastEnders star Derek Martin tells stories of his time as an evacuee, and relives the terror of the Blitz. And Derek Capel recounts his harrowing experience of surviving a torpedo attack by the Nazis when he was evacuated overseas.

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29 minutes

Last on

Mon 26 Jan 2015 13:35


Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Series ProducerDympna Jackson
Executive ProducerRuth Pitt