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4 August 1914 - Kitty Wilson (Season 1 start)

As Britain waits for Germany's response to their ultimatum, Kitty Wilson has a deadline of her own.

The first season of an epic drama series set in Great War Britain exactly one hundred days before its original broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In this first episode, as Britain waits for Germany's response to their ultimatum, in Folkestone, Kitty Wilson has a deadline of her own.

Written by: Katie Hims
Music: Matthew Strachan
Directed by Editor: Jessica Dromgoole
Sound: Martha Littlehailes

Home Front is a ground-breaking new Radio Four radio drama - its biggest ever at around 600 episodes - set in Britain during the Great War, playing a central role in the BBC's comprehensive offering to mark the centenaries of World War One.

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 at least one historical truth 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.

Marking major and minor events of the time, Home Front charts the strategies that ordinary people found for managing life in wartime, and how, together, they ensured that the Home Front didn't break down.

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12 minutes

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Mon 4 Aug 2014 12:00

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Role Contributor
Kitty Ami Metcalf
Ralph Nicholas Murchie
Adam Leo Montague
Dieter Joe Sims
Albert Harry Myers
Customer Craige Els
Cynic Wilf Scolding
Man Michael Bertenshaw
Woman Rachel Shelley
Writer Katie Hims
Director Jessica Dromgoole


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The Characters

Set in Folkestone, Tyneside and Devon, meet the characters of Home Front.