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War of Words, Soldier Poets of The Somme


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Amazingly quite pleased with this offering

Andy

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I sat riveted till the end. Best programme of the centennial by a very long neck. And yes - very, very well done Peter Barton.

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Absolutely superb. Stallworthy in particular gave a very balanced view. Now, how do I get my hands on that copy of 'Nothing of Importance' inscribed by Sassoon to Owen!!

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My joint top with Paxmans effort and CH4 "Forgotten soldiers of WW1" just a bit surprised that Wilfred Owens the "The Sentry" was not featured

Norman

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A great programme, well put together and a great job by Peter Barton.

Probably the best programme of the centennial so far, let's hope that over the next few years there will be more programmes of this quality.

Regards,

Jon

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In my humble opinion by far the best offering to date. Not a celebrity to be seen, fantastic thought provoking programme. I like Peter Barton's input, he genuinely comes across as being emotionally tied to every event.

For those with limited interest in War Poets this programme may surprise you.

Bob

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Fantastic programme,Peter Barton does a great job.I'm presuming this was meant to be three episodes.

I'm hoping the BBC will release this to DVD.

It restores my faith a little in the BBC when they produce a gem like this.

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It was excellent, perhaps down to the fact that Peter produced it as well as been the front-man

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Fantastic programme,Peter Barton does a great job.I'm presuming this was meant to be three episodes.

I'm hoping the BBC will release this to DVD.

It restores my faith a little in the BBC when they produce a gem like this.

On behalf of all involved many thanks for the kind comments. It was never planned to be three episodes and was organised like that as a way of delineating between the before battle section, 1 July and summer 1916 and the Junger/Tolkien section for later parts of the battle.

If interested I have put some photos of the locations and filming in June and October 2013 on my website: http://jeremybanning.co.uk/gallery/?album=1&gallery=6

BBC iPlayer link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04pw01r/war-of-words-soldierpoets-of-the-somme

Is there any chance the original thread starter or a mod can amend the title to 'War of Words Soldier Poets of the Somme?

Jeremy

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Just done it, Jeremy.

I was so enthusiastic about the thing that I rushed to post straight away without checking.

Take that as a compliment !

Phil (PJA)

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Absolutely superb. Stallworthy in particular gave a very balanced view. Now, how do I get my hands on that copy of 'Nothing of Importance' inscribed by Sassoon to Owen!!

Can be found here, read online or download https://archive.org/stream/nothingimportan00adamgoog#page/n3/mode/2up

No inscription but better than nothing ...

This programme shows just what can be done ... highly recommended. Congrats to Peter Barton, Jeremy Banning et al.

Despite having Sassoon and Owen on the bookshelf for decades now, I've tended to mistrust seeing the Great War through the eyes of poets. This has made me think again, and determined to read more ...

A few random links:

http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/in-parenthesis-leave-it-under-the-oak/

http://war-poets.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/david-jones-in-parenthesis.html

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/david-jones

Plus maybe it's time I re-read "Old Soldiers never die .."

PS Last week's culture show http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04pd0vt/the-culture-show-the-great-war-an-elegy-a-culture-show-special

was well worth watching too.

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I read some of the earlier comments before watching this on the BBC I-player. I thought this had better be good and it was. In fact it was superb; the best thing that I have ever seen on the Somme. It's a contender for the best thing I have ever seen on the Great War. The photography and the annotation of the landscape were really groundbreaking and I was struck the way that Peter Barton can still speak from the heart despite being so familiar with those fields. Epic.

Pete.

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My i-player has done bugarup - is there any chance someone recorded it on a format they would be prepared to lend me?

Thank you if so :)

sJ

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My i-player has done bugarup - is there any chance someone recorded it on a format they would be prepared to lend me?

Thank you if so :)

sJ

Having made a very minor contribution to the program ( sourcing a dust jacket), the BBC have promised to send me a copy of it on dvd. I'll let you know if it ever arrives should you still need it.
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Thanks both!

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I have to agree with all the comments above. A very good production and just what you would expect from Peter Barton. The only problem now is I have had to add more locations to my list of places to visit when I next go

to France.

Pete

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