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Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley explores the lives of six real people who lived, worked and volunteered during the Blitz, highlighting the government’s reliance on ordinary people.

Lucy Worsley explores the lives of six real people who lived, worked and volunteered during the Blitz. Using the same style as Lucy's film about the Suffragettes, the film shows their remarkable resilience, as well as the terrible suffering they endured, shining a light on the role of the front-line workers and volunteers at the heart of it all.

The six lives at the heart of the film are 17-year-old Jewish shopgirl Nina Masel, from Essex, who reported for Mass Observation; Frances Faviell, a Chelsea artist and socialite who received just a week’s training to become an auxiliary nurse and would end up treating a dying victim in a bomb crater; Ita Ekpenyon, a Nigerian teacher who moved to the UK to study law but who took on the role of an air-raid precaution warden to rally the people of his central London patch; Barbara Nixon, an out-of-work actress who worked long hours as an ARP warden, expressing her outrage at judgemental attitudes towards East Enders who had lost everything; Frank Hurd, a full-time fireman whose day job was to keep the raging fires of the bombing raids under control; and Robert Barltrop, too young to enlist, who worked as a porter in a Sainsbury's warehouse and volunteered as a firewatcher.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Tue 23 Feb 2021 20:30

Music Played

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

  • 01:20

    Bonde do Rolê

    Marina Gasolina (Crookers Remix)

  • 01:29

    Vera Lynn, Jay Wilbur and His Orchestra

    It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow


Role Contributor
Presenter Lucy Worsley
Director Emma Frank
Producer Yasmine Permaul
Executive Producer Emma Hindley
Production Company Brook Lapping Productions


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