World War One: The BBC’s big push
A century after the first blood was spilt in a conflict that killed some 16 million people, the BBC launches its biggest ever series of programmes to remind us why. More than 2,500 hours of TV and radio content has already been commissioned, with presenters, historians and political commentators all lined up to offer their analysis of the conflict.
The art, music and poetry of the Great War will also be examined in seasons such as Radio 3’s Music on the Brink, which begins this week (see page 122), and there are dramas such as The Ark, about nurses who staffed the frontline field hospitals. Suranne Jones is among the cast. She says: “It’s important not just because of the war but because it was a transitional period for women, liberated in some respects but still shackled by the conventions of the past.