First World War radio drama to be broadcast over four years

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BBC Radio 4 has commissioned what is has called its “most ambitious drama serial” to date, with a production to mark the centenary of the First World War that will be broadcast over four years.

The drama, which will be broadcast from 2014 to 2018, will follow the lives of characters on the Home Front as they “confront the challenges and changes experienced by a nation facing its first experiences of total war”.

It will be broadcast five days a week, for at least six months of each year, which the BBC said will give audiences “as realistic a grasp as possible of day-to-day life away from the trenches”.

BBC Radio acting director Graham Ellis said: “The Great War changed our society forever and we are marking the centenary with a multi-million pound investment in drama and historical research which is unmatched in radio’s history and reflects the importance of this anniversary.”

He added: “It will allow us to bring alive some of our darkest years through the experiences of ordinary people and to tell a story which still shapes our lives today.”

The drama does not yet have a name. Casting and production details will be announced shortly.