The Best Years Of His Life

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The Best Years Of His Life

Written & Presented by Patrick Humphries

Originally Broadcast On BBC Radio 4

Patrick Humphries explores the life and career of an author whose works are household names but about whom little is known. Paul Brickhill wrote three of the most famous novels centred on the Second World War  – “The Great Escape”, “Reach for the Sky” and “The Dambusters”, all of which were made into iconic films.

Dur: 28mins STEREO – Radio Documentary

Available as 320kbps Stereo MP3 – 64MB

 

Description

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008

Patrick Humphries explores the life and career of an author whose works are household names but about whom little is known. Paul Brickhill wrote three of the most famous novels centred on the Second World War  – “The Great Escape”, “Reach for the Sky” and “The Dambusters”, all of which were made into iconic films. Shot down over North Africa, Brickhill was imprisoned in the notorious Stalag Luft III – scene of the the great escape itself – but claustrophobia prevented his own escape. A journalist and writer, Brickhill stopped writing in 1962 and never published anything again – the programme asks why?

Produced by Neil Rosser & Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd for BBC Radio 4

 


 

N.B. Some audio has been edited from the original broadcast version due to copyright restrictions

Additional information

Writers/Presenters

Patrick Humphries

Editing

Neil Rosser

Producer

Neil Rosser

Copyright

Ladbroke Productions (Radio) / BBC Radio 4

Released

2008

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