29 November 2014
‘To End All Wars’ wasn’t just about the star quality of Hugh Bonneville though – as he was the first to prove, being at once self-effacing and good-natured both during and after the event. Along with Martin, the show featured William Godfree singing and playing piano, and Fiona–Jane Weston singing and acting out the many roles women played during the First World War. The repertoire included classis like ‘Goodbyee’ and ‘Tipperary’ – but also extraordinarily moving moments such as those enacted by Fiona, with ‘Girls With the Bright Yellow Hands’ – a song about the impact on the health of the thousands of women who toiled in the munitions factories, where the explosives they handled turned their hands and skin yellow, and did far worse to them too. A great evening – a show that could transfer to the West End without breaking steps.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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