The Week We Went To War, presented by Forces Sweetheart Katherine Jenkins, celebrates the everyday heroes of the Home Front, from families who took in evacuees, to ordinary people who went into bombed buildings at risk...展开of their own lives to save those trapped inside.
Each day Katherine, the world-renowned singer who is also known for her charitable work supporting British troops, is joined in the studio by Michael Aspel talking about his wartime memories, including his experiences as an evacuee, and, from Bletchley Park, BBC antiques expert Tim Wonnacott looks at the everyday wartime items which have become today's collectables.
Among the wartime stories included in the programme are interviews with survivors of the Catford school bombing in South London; the recipient of Britain's first George Cross; and witnesses of the worst civilian tragedy on the Home Front. Survivors of what became known as the Bethnal Green Tube disaster recall that fateful day.
Tributes are paid during the series to the firemen of London; and the story of one of the most unexpected and intensive bombing raids in Britain is told – when the town of Clydebank, in Scotland, was virtually wiped off the map.
Meanwhile, famous people who lived through the war – actress Sylvia Syms, Baroness Williams, Tony Benn, Lionel Blair, Leslie Phillips and Rabbi Lionel Blue – share their childhood memories.