Authentic voices from the past illustrate this unique history of the twentieth century, written by Joanna Bourke and presented by Tm Pigott-Smith Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in ten volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century. Although defined as the decade of flappers, jazz and Bright Young Things, the Roaring Twenties did not really begin until 1926. In 1920 the mood was solemn, with a sense of post-war disillusionment. Ex-servicemen, expecting to come home to a land fit for heroes found instead widespread unemployment. The General Strike plunged the country into a state of emergency, and at the end of the decade the worldwide financial crisis swept Britain into recession. But between those years there was much to celebrate. The BBC was founded, Wembley Stadium was completed to host the 1923 Cup Final, and Sir Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Key figures such as Sir John Reith, Ramsay MacDonald and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as miners, ex-servicemen and strikebreakers, recall the decade from their differing perspectives. Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.show more