The BBC has unveiled its most ambitious television season ever – 130 programmes spanning 2,500 hours – that will air over four years to mark the centenary of the first world war.
The season is designed to match the timespan of the 1914-18 war, and include a daily BBC Radio 4 drama.
“This season is going to have a profound impact on the way we think about world war one,” said [director general Tony] Hall, speaking in the BBC’s Radio Theatre at New Broadcasting House. “On television, on radio and on digital, we’ll be exploring how this conflict, above all others, shaped our families, our communities, our world – and continues to influence us today.”
The BBC claims the scale of the season and its breadth are “unique” and it will “be much more than a chronological historical record” said its world war one centenary controller, Adrian Van Klaveren.
The coverage will echo the timeframe of the Great War, running until 2018.
Radio 4 will broadcast one of its biggest-ever drama commissions, Home Front.
From August 2014, each day it will follow characters in real time as they try to cope with the realities of wartime Britain, with every episode set 100 years to the day of broadcast.