Home Front

HOME FRONT
(2018)

HOME FRONT SERIES 14
BBC RADIO 4

’20 June 1918 – Hardy Walsh’
12.04 – 12.15
20 June 2018
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’27 June 1918 – Emily Colville’
12.04 – 12.15
27 June 2018
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‘4 July 1918 – Morris Battley’
12.04 – 12.15
4 July 2018
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’23 July 1918 – Emily Colville’
12.04 – 12.15
23 July 2018


 

Character Synopsis

Series Synopsis

The Home Front story returns to Devon, a county central to the country’s desperate hopes for a good harvest, in which the upheavals and social schisms of WW1 were felt particularly keenly. Summer 1918 marks the point when Britain was on the brink of starvation, with the most important harvest of the war looming, both literally and metaphorically. Women, children, prisoners of war and wounded soldiers are all being put to work on the land. However, there are also those unable or unwilling to help the Government drive to feed the war effort. Dartmoor prison now houses 1000 conscientious objectors, much to the fury of local people with family away fighting, whilst at nearby Seale Hayne, a radical new hospital for shell-shocked soldiers has opened. Season 14 challenges notions of a harmonious rural idyll.

Season 14 of Home Front is story-led by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, and subtitled “Needs Must When the Devil Drives”.

Lucy Catherine, Katie Hims and Sarah Daniels complete the writing team for this season, which will also feature the return of Anton Lesser, Matthew Beard and Maggie Steed, and guest appearances from Geoffrey Palmer, Mark Heap, Jonathan Bailey and Damien Molony.

 

20 June 1918 – Hardy Walsh | Episode Synopsis

On this day in 1918, a registry office for boy farmworkers opened in London,
and in Devon, Hardy Walsh finds his work more of a challenge than he expected.

Episode Cast and Production

Hardy Walsh – Damien Molony
Emily Colville – Scarlett Brookes
Rose Fairweather – Helen Longworth
Gert Battley – Maggie Steed
Morris Battley – Sean Baker
Elspeth Taverner – Kelly Williams

Writer – Lucy Catherine
Director – Jessica Dromgoole

 

27 June 1918 – Emily Colville | Episode Synopsis

On this day in 1918, eleven people were killed in an air raid on Paris,
and in Devon, Emily fears that the Engleby Estate is under siege.

Episode Cast and Production

Hardy Walsh – Damien Molony
Emily Colville – Scarlett Brookes
Cyrus Colville – Anton Lesser
Cora Gidley – Joanna Monro
Bertram Colville – Nick Underwood

Writer – Lucy Catherine
Director – Ciaran Bermingham
Series Editor – Jessica Dromgoole

 

4 July 1918 – Morris Battley | Episode Synopsis

On this day in 1918, Exeter celebrated Independence Day in honour of America,
while on Blackfold Farm, international relations are less cordial.

Episode Cast and Production

Hardy Walsh – Damien Molony
Morris Battley – Sean Baker
Isaac Cox – James Lailey
Ludwig Huber – Marcel Hagen
Effie Taverner – Lizzie Stables
Elspeth Taverner – Kelly Williams
Gert Battley – Maggie Steed

Writer – Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Director – Jessica Dromgoole
Series Editor – Jessica Dromgoole

 

23 July 1918 – Emily Colville | Episode Synopsis

On this day in 1918, an outbreak of flu was reported at a PoW camp in Bramley,
affecting a third of the 3,000 prisoners, while in Devon, Emily Colville goes to the fair.

Episode Cast and Production

Hardy Walsh – Damien Molony
Emily Colville – Scarlett Brookes
Cyrus Colville – Anton Lesser
Bertram Colville – Nick Underwood
Moses Wickens – Ed Gaughan
Mr Buckle – Sean Murray
Cora Gidley – Joanna Monro

Writer – Katie Hims
Director – Jessica Dromgoole

 

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