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12 November 1918

The clock is ticking on the Armistice. The first day of peace is still full of risk, as Mickey, Celestine, Jack, Harry and Florrie meet up in Mons, where the war began.

The clock is ticking on the Armistice. The first day of peace is still full of risk, as Mickey, Celestine, Jack, Harry and Florrie meet up in Mons, where the war began.

All anyone knows for sure is that the Armistice terms last for only 36 days. And if it's to hold, there are spies, sabotage, mutinying German troops, and a traumatised Belgian population to deal with. Let alone, a booby trap bomb somewhere in the city, timed to detonate today.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago, telling untold stories about the war in Gaza, Gallipoli, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Egypt, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania, as well as on the Western Front.

And through it all, we’ve followed the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers, from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army. They have been cogs in an immense machine, one which has connected situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years.

Maj. Mickey Bliss . . . Lee Ross
Dr Celestine de Tullio . . . Pippa Nixon
Commentator . . . Indira Varma
Lt. Col. Harry de Tullio . . . Matthew Tennyson
QMAAC Florrie Fanshawe . . . Karen Bartke
Sgt. Jack Bliss . . . Ashley Kumar
Dr Visart . . . William Brand
Hptm. Hubert Cron . . . Alexander Devrient
George Brereton . . . Don Gilet
Stretcher Man . . . Tony Turner
Cpl. Brennan . . . Lewis Bray
Hitchhiker . . . Liam Lau Fernandez
Sgt. Bishop . . . Cameron Percival
Trumpeter . . . Pete Ringrose
Writer . . . Jonathan Ruffle
Director . . . Jonquil Panting
Series Creator . . . Jonathan Ruffle

44 minutes

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Mon 12 Nov 2018 14:15

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