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2 December 1916

British Indian Army soldiers discover the topsy-turvy world of a Turkish POW camp, in this story by Avin Shah. From December 2016.

British Indian Army soldiers discover the topsy-turvy world of a Turkish POW camp, in this story by Avin Shah.

Of the 10,000 British Army combatants taken prisoner after the seige of Kut-al-Amara, half of the Indian soldiers and two-thirds of the British have died on forced marches to Turkish camps. Now they find themselves starved and worked as slave labour on the Baghdad to Berlin railway. Rival sergeants Ahmadullah and Zarbab have found their own ways of surviving. But which one is the real traitor?

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

And through it all, we'll follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers, from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army. They are the cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years.

Punjabi translation: Sukhdeep Singh Jodha of UK Punjab Heritage Association
With thanks to Jatinder Verma of Tara Arts, and Nasim Rashid

Series created by Jonathan Ruffle
Producers: David Hunter, Jonquil Panting, Jonathan Ruffle
Director: Jonquil Panting.

45 minutes

Last on

Wed 1 Nov 2017 21:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Havildar Zarbab Grewal Avin Shah
Havildar Ahmadullah Khan Danny Rahim
Serdar Bey Philip Arditti
Corporal McCartney Bryan Dick
Commentator Indira Varma
Akbar Deven Modha
Chiaus Selva Rasalingam
Hanna Asli Bayram
Feroz Gavi Singh Chera
Private Patterson Antonio Aakeel
Arab John Dougall
Producer David Hunter
Producer Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonathan Ruffle
Director Jonquil Panting
Writer Avin Shah

Broadcasts

  • Fri 2 Dec 2016 14:15
  • Wed 1 Nov 2017 11:15
  • Wed 1 Nov 2017 21:15

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