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BBC Radio 4 Develops Unique Radio Drama

U.K.broadcaster to commemorate World War I with four-year radio drama

The BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a World War I radio drama over four years.

To mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, the broadcaster will transmit the drama, entitled “Tommies” over four years — the timespan of the original conflict. The program will tell the story of the experiences of Signals Corps soldiers in real-time.

“Tommies,” which is the nickname for British soldiers, is still in the planning stages but is expected to begin broadcasting around the summer of 2014 and follow the group as they prepare for the war, which broke out on July 1914. It will finish broadcasting in 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict, which claimed about 900,000 British lives.