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World War One Special

Episode 8 of 27

In a special episode from the Somme battlefields, Fiona Bruce and a small group of experts meet families bringing stories of courage and humanity in wartime.

In the second Antiques Roadshow special from the Somme battlefields, Fiona Bruce and a small group of experts meet families bringing poignant stories of courage and humanity in wartime.

Letters, photographs, paintings and everyday family items provide an intimate and revealing insight into the events of World War I and their impact on a generation.

Included in this episode is the remarkable story of the footballer of Loos who is said to have kicked a ball to lead an advance in to enemy lines. We hear the account of one of the first nurses to have gone to war, who served alongside Edith Cavell. And we meet a German soldier's grandson who has carefully assembled all of the objects taken to the trenches where his relative Gottfried died, including a heartbreaking letter to be read in the event of his death.

Fiona Bruce also tells the story of her great-grandfather, who fought at the Somme and was eventually killed at Ypres.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    John Rutter

    Distant Land 

  • 00:01

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Romanza 

    Conductor: Adrian Boult. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 00:07

    Ivor Novello

    We'll Gather Lilacs 

  • 00:12

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    5 Variants Of Dives & Lazarus 

    Orchestra: The New Queen's Hall Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • 00:16

    Antony Phillips

    Country Diary 

  • 00:18

    Jean Sibelius

    Symphony 2 

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 00:18

    Antony Phillips

    Country Diary 

  • 00:19

    John McCormack

    Keep The Home Fires Burning 

    Performer: Ivor Novello. Featured Artist: John McCormack.
  • 00:25

    Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia 

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra .
  • 00:29

    Karl Jenkins

    Benedictus 

  • 00:35

    Antony Phillips

    Country Diary 

  • 00:36

    Gerald Finzi

    A Severn Rhapsody 

    Performer: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
  • 00:41

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony 3 

  • 00:45

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Concerto Grosso The Sarabande 

    Performer: St Martin In The Fields . Conductor: Neville Marriner, St Martin in the Fields .
  • 00:52

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Romance 

    Performer: St Martin In The Fields . Conductor: Neville Marriner, St Martin in the Fields .

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Fiona Bruce
Series Editor Simon Shaw
Producer Michele Burgess

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