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Tommies

The Complete BBC Radio Collection
Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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A major BBC Radio 4 drama series following the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War I.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eyewitness accounts, each of these 42 episodes of Tommies traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

We follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army as they experience life - and death - on the front line. Meanwhile, Dr Celestine de Tullio battles to save soldiers suffering from gas gangrene and trench fever - and experiences the fighting firsthand when she enlists in the Serbian Army and commands a dangerous offensive.

They are all cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years. Through their voices - and a host of others - we hear untold stories about the conflicts in Gaza, Gallipoli, Salonika, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania as well as on the Western Front.

Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon and Indira Varma are among the extensive cast of this gripping series, created by Jonathan Ruffle, who produced the acclaimed real-time radio dramatisation of Len Deighton’s Bomber. Based on actual historical records, it paints a vivid portrait of daily life for soldiers and their families during 1914-1918 and sheds new light on the reality of the Great War. Also included is a bonus behind-the-scenes feature about the making of Tommies.  

New audio files added in November 2018.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Elliot Townsend
  • 11-15-18

Great, but there is a chapter missing

I love this series. However, I was disappointed to find that chapter 6, which should be 11th Nov 1914 is actually 11th Nov 1915.

11th Nov 1914 is not there. Please sort it out BBC/Audible!!

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  • mr J. R. Jolley
  • 11-24-18

Absolutely amazing series

I listened to much of this series when broadcast and I'm glad that Audible have the entire selection. It's a ground breaking look at the great war from a unique perspective.

A reviewer mentioned that one of the chapters was missing. This appears to be fixed as I compared the version streamed via the echo and my own download. The download was incorrect so anyone with this issue can delete the download and retry it. I note however that the additional documentary about the making of the series is not yet included - I hope this can be added in because it would be interesting to here what the crew have to say.

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  • rcdurling
  • 01-20-19

Amazing drama immersed in real accounts

So glad to have the entire series to listen to after catching the last few months on BBC Radio 4. 39 episodes were broadcast in all, each of 45mins, plus a 15min behind the scenes programme. The Download contains 42 episodes at approx. 45mins each. So, although the 15min extra is absent, there seems to be 3 episodes more than were broadcast, unless there are duplicates. Far from being incomplete, this download seems to be supracomplete. I hope to confirm this once I have listened. Thanks Audible.

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  • Noush
  • 12-05-18

Not the complete series - disappointed

This series was an absolutely stunning work of art. However, I'm gutted to find that despite the title of the CD this isn't the complete series at all, but only series two, and series one doesn't seem to be available. Neither do the other series that come after the second one. I can't tell you how disappointed I am by this, as I was really looking forward to listening to the whole series, having missed the beginning series when they were aired on the radio. I wish there were some way to get the entire series, or the entire Mickey Bliss story at least - I'd happily use several credits to own the whole thing.

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