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Eyewitness, 1920-1929 Radio/TV Program

Eyewitness, 1920-1929: A History of the Twentieth Century in Sound

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Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Burke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.

Although defined as the decade of the flappers, jazz, and Bright Young Things, the Roaring Twenties did not really begin until 1926. In 1920 the mood was solemn, with a sense of post-war disillusionment. Ex-servicemen, expecting to come home to 'a land fit for heroes' found instead widespread unemployment. The General strike plunged the country into a state of emergency, and at the end of the decade the worldwide financial crisis swept Britain into recession.

But between those years there was much to celebrate. The BBC was founded, Wembley Stadium was completed to host the 1923 Cup Final, and Sir Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. Key figures such as Sir John Reith, Ramsay MacDonald, and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as miners, ex-servicemen, and strikebearers, recall the decade from their differing perspectives.

Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.

© and (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

"...mines the BBC¿s sound archives to produce what will surely become the greatest oral history series..." (The Times)
"A wonderful idea and excellently executed ..best possible use of the medium and a great narrator" (The Independent)

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