All Quiet on the Western Front
by E.M.Remarque

E.M.Remarque - All Quiet on the Western Front

BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3

Broadcast: Sunday 9th November 2008 @ 8:00 p.m.

First published in 1929, Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" quickly established itself as one of the greatest war novels of all time, selling 2.5 million copies in 25 languages. It is a 20th-century classic and, although it is widely known as a cinematic masterpiece, this is the first radio adaptation of Remarque's novel.

A First World War story, told from the German perspective, it follows the lives of four 18-year-olds and their company on the Western Front, fighting in the trenches, resting behind the lines, going on leave, fraternising with local girls, arguing about the meaning of their lives and, in the end, dying. The young men go to war only to be disabused of all notions of Kaiser and country and all finally perish in the mud of Flanders.

Dramatised for radio by Dave Sheasby from Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front".

With Robert Lonsdale [Paul Baumer], Simon Trinder [Kropp], Gunnar Cauthary [Muller], Lloyd Thomas [Leer], Joseph Arkley [Tjaden], Stephen Critchlow [Katczinsky], Malcolm Tierney [The Cook], Stuart McLoughlin [Westhaus], Dan Starkey [Captain Bertinck], Luke Walker [Kemmerich], Tim Treloar [Himmelstoss], Nick Sayce [Detering], Janice Acquah [Mother (the Opening Voice)], Donnla Hughes [The French Girl], Jill Cardo [Erna], Carolyn Pickles [Mrs. Kemmerich], Inam Mirza [The Orderly], Paul Rider [Mittlestaedt], Chris Pavlo [The Major], and Manjeet Mann [The Nurse].

Directed by David Hunter.

This programme is part of 1918-2008 Ninety Years of Remembrance, a special season of programmes on the BBC marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

90 min.


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