A new abridgement of Michael Morpurgo’s moving World War 1 story Private Peaceful in 13 episodes is available to download from the BBC School Radio website.
During the passing hours of an all-night vigil Private Thomas Peaceful recalls the events of his young life his school days, family life in a tied cottage on a country estate, love for a girl called Molly. And later, how he and his elder brother, Charlie, enlist and are posted to France, the hardship of life in the trenches and the terrible event that the morning will bring.
“Tommo’s journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told… Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively.”
“Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive…”
This series will be available until 26 May.