Worcester Professor's Expertise Praised as BBC Launch Landmark World War One Series

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Today marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, and to commemorate the anniversary, the BBC are launching a major new radio series, Home Front.

 The Radio 4 drama will run for the next four years, with each episode - telling a story of life in Britain during the First World War – set exactly 100 years ago to the day.

The University of Worcester’s Professor of Cultural History, Professor Maggie Andrews, is historical consultant for the project, and she was present alongside a number of the production team and cast members at Thursday’s launch event in Birmingham.

Professor Andrews is recognised as one of the country’s leading cultural history experts, and Home Front’s Editor, Jessica Dromgoole, says her expertise has helped to bring the stories to life.

“Maggie was one of a lot of historians who came to talk to us when we were doing the initial research,” she explains. “It was obvious really quickly that her sympathy for fiction and her fascination with mindset were going to be most useful to our working process, and all of our writers wanted her as our consultant historian.

“What we have found is that, as well as giving us fantastic information and historical corrections, when we send her the scripts she will often notice little details and possibilities in the writing, and then furnishes the story with more information.

“She has been a very, very creative historical consultant.”

Episode one of Home Front will be broadcast at 12noon today on Radio 4.