callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

TV Watch: I Was There

Of all the programmes I’ve watched so far in the BBC’s First World War season, last week’s I Was There is by far the best. It consists of interviews conducted in the 1960s for the BBC’s famous series The Great War. Everyone interviewed, British or Austrian, soldier or civilian, still had fresh memories of the war and the restrained way in which they report their experiences is an echo from another age. I found it very moving.

I’m indebted to George Simmers’s blog for the information that the extended interviews are available online here. Very well worth watching, I promise. When I watched the programme, I didn’t realise that one interviewee was the same Charles Carrington who wrote A Subaltern’s War, one of the best war memoirs I’ve read.


Edit: I've just found out that many (all, even?) episodes of the 1964 series are available on YouTube. Episode one here. The accents don’t sound so very different from wartime ones.
Tags: first world war, television

  • Chips with Everything: part two

    Channon continues his hectic social life, when the diaries come to a halt, just as important events in his life take place. I couldn’t make out…

  • Chips with Everything: part one

    I’ve just started Simon Heffer’s mammoth work, a new edition of the diaries of ‘Chips’ Channon. A collection was published in 1967 but was heavily…

  • On This Day

    This is a copycat post inspired by ramblingfancy. Her most recent post is about the joy of notebooks, a pleasure I share. I love them; pretty…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.