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10 April 1917

In the tunnels underneath Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Corps are re-writing the rules of war. With Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From April 2017.

In the tunnels underneath Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Corps are re-writing the rules of war, in this story by Avin Shah.

Mickey Bliss has taken a shine to the can-do Canadians. Particularly since yesterday, when they made a momentous advance here on the Western Front, together with British forces. But when Mickey meets a young Canadian journalist, here to write up the story for his home paper - can they agree on what really happened?

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.

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

45 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Sep 2018 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Captain Mickey Bliss Lee Ross
Commentator Indira Varma
Lieutenant Gagnon Philip Desmeules
Sergeant Dixon Daniel Weyman
Private Townsend Tom Forrister
Oberleutnant Gruder Simon Bubb
Corporal MacMillan David Sturzaker
Producer David Hunter
Producer Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonathan Ruffle
Director Jonquil Panting
Writer Avin Shah

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