The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4

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Dave Homewood
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The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4

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Does anyone happen to have a copy of this programme by any chance? I'd love to hear it:


https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f6ff5b57a10 ... 6bba5b7f4e

The British Army and the British Soldier

BBC Radio 4 FM, 10 October 1974 20.00

A series of 12 programmes presented by Rene Cutforth

2: Over the Hills and Far Away

This second programme tells the story of the redcoats from Charles II's day to their triumphant reappearance in Europe, culminating with Marlborough's great victory over the French at Blenheim in 1704. The regiments are mobs of undisciplined boys; the officers are ignorant, negligent and useless. The cavalry are without cloaks, boots and belts, and almost the entire force want shoes (Ireland: 1690)

Seldom has the British soldier's fortune varied so dramatically as during those years.

Surely never was such a march carried on with more order and regularity and with less fatigue both to man and horse (March to the Danube: 1704) with

Other parts JOHN LE MESURIER ARNOLD RIDLEY , JOHN LAURIE
PETER TUDDENHAM. SAM DASTOR
DAVID SINCLAIR , GODFREY KENTON ALAN ROWE , MANNING WILSON PETER PACEY and SEAN ARNOLD

Musical direction by CHARLES

CHILTON Ballad sung by RUTH TONGUE Written and produced by ROBERT CRADOCK in association with the National Army Museum

Contributors
Presented By: Rene Cutforth
Unknown: John Le Mesurier
Unknown: Arnold Ridley
Unknown: John Laurie
Unknown: Peter Tuddenham.
Unknown: Sam Dastor
Unknown: David Sinclair
Unknown: Godfrey Kenton
Unknown: Alan Rowe
Unknown: Manning Wilson
Unknown: Peter Pacey
Unknown: Chilton Ballad
Sung By: Ruth Tongue
Produced By: Robert Cradock
Wheeler: Gordon Gostelow
Marlborough: Noel Johnson

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IIRC there were two series and not all were retained in archives, but that particular episode, I think, was. Might be worth contacting R4X.

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Oh right, thanks Steve.

Is there a particular contact email address for them please?

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Off-hand, I don't know. There may be something on the 4extra website. They may consider a repeat run of what is held. I don't know if it was picked up by Transcription Services either. If I get time, I'll do more digging about.

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There does not seem to be an email contact on their website. I Googled around and found this page but i tried a couple of the emails and they just bounced back.
https://media.info/radio/stations/bbc-radio-4-extra

The station does not even have a Facebook page which is strange. They obviously don't like the public making contact. :(

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