Reel Britain

There is a fascinating series, that has recently started on BBC Two.  Presented by Melvyn Bragg, it explores the social history of Britain in the 2oth century.

There are some amazing stories about how people lived and worked in the past, along with some great rare film archive.

So far the series has looked at life for wartime evacuees and the life of teenagers at the end of the Second World War.

This evening the programme looked at life during WW1

If you have missed the ones that have been on so far, you can view them via the links above or via the  Reel Britain website here. The series continues weeknights at 6.30 pm on BBC Two.

Well worth a look!

Last WW1 veteran dies

The world’s last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, has died in Australia aged 110.
Known to his comrades as Chuckles, British-born Mr Choules joined the Royal Navy at 15 and went on to serve on HMS Revenge.
He moved to Australia in the 1920s and served in the military until 1956.

New footage of WW1 battlefields

Extraordinary pictures of the aftermath of WW1, which have been hidden away for nearly a century, have been discovered in a vault in Paris.

The film is a part of a special BBC One programme that includes unique aerial photographs of the battlefield taken by British pilots.

Nick Higham on the footage that gives an amazing insight into history. Click here to view

More of the footage can be seen on the BBC One programme ‘The First World War from Above’ on Sunday at 2100GMT.

If you missed it, watch via i-player by clicking here (available until 9.59pm until Sunday 14th November 2010)