Today, BBC radio stations across the UK are marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
Nationally, Radio 4’s James Naughtie will broadcast from the Service of Commemoration for the Commonwealth in Glasgow at 10am, pushing Woman’s Hour back by an hour. The event will be attended by HRH The Duke of Rothesay (as the Prince of Wales is known in Scotland). It will also be broadcast on 5 live.
An extended edition of The World Tonight will include coverage from Westminster Abbey as well as reflecting all of the day’s events. Radio 5 live’s programmes included Nicky Campbell presenting Breakfast from Glasgow and a special OB with Richard Bacon from the Imperial War Museum in London. Two Proms, which are part of the 14-18 Now, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, on Radio 3 will take as their starting point the events of 100 years ago.
Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine programme will begin its WW1 in Real Time features whilst, also at lunchtime, Radio 4 will begin its ambitious four year drama, Home Front. And Radio 1 will be running the first of three programmes in its documentary series Radio 1’s Stories – Veterans: WW1 to Afghanistan presented by Greg James that evening at 9pm. Amanda Vickery examines the psychology of war in the UK edition of the BBC World Service debate series The War That Changed The World on Saturday at 7pm.
BBC Local Radio in England and BBC Radio Scotland, Wales and Ulster are covering the day in many ways. World War One at Home is collecting 1400 stories from across the regions. They uncover stories about familiar neighbourhoods where the wounded were treated, crucial front line supplies were made, major scientific developments happened, prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried.
Head of Programmes, BBC English Regions, Craig Henderson, said: “These stories offer a unique insight into life on the Home Front 100 years ago. They reveal familiar places across the nation in a new and fascinating light, places that we might drive or walk past every day without realising their historical resonance. These stories would have remained little-known about without the involvement of the many partners and organisations across the country who have supported our journalists in bringing them to light, and I would like to thank them for their invaluable help and expertise. The stories will all be available online at bbc.co.uk/ww1 where they can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
Adrian Van-Klaveren, Controller, World War One Centenary, said: “The First World War has so many personal connections for each of us as individuals, through our families and the places where we live. One hundred years on, World War One At Home will discover stories never told before and will highlight what the war meant to communities across the UK.”