Edith Elizabeth APPLETON  O.B.E.  R.R.C.

This page last updated: 17 June 2011

Readings on BBC Radio 4 to be repeated: 26 June, 3 and 7 July 2011

We have just heard that the 3 episodes are to be repeated on Radio 4 on the dates below.  More information can be seen on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nqbl3

  • Episode 1 - Sunday 26 June at 7.45pm

  • Episode 2 - Sunday 3 July at 7.45pm

  • Episode 3 - Sunday 10 July at 7.45pm

Extracts from Edie's diaries were broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Reading programme
on 10, 11 & 12 November 2009

Each of the three 15 minute episodes were available on BBC iPlayer for a week after the original broadcast date.
From 19 November they will be available on this website - more information here.

Recording Edie's diaries in Brighton

On Wednesday 14 October 2009 I had the privilege of sitting in on the recording of Edie's diaries in Brighton. 


Pier Productions, who are a major independent supplier of radio drama, had successfully pitched to the BBC to serialise part of the diaries for their Afternoon Reading programme; the dates are Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 (Remembrance Day) and Thursday 12 November 2009 at 3.30pm on Radio 4. This grew out of the item about Edie on the BBC's Making History programme in November 2008 and I was delighted that the same actor, Rachel Atkins, was to be the voice of Edie.



Jo Green produced the recording, Simon controlled the sound and Sarah was on the stopwatch.  It took just three hours to produce three thirteen and a half minute readings of extracts from the diaries, beginning when Edie was in a Casualty Clearing Station near Ypres in Spring 1915 and ending with the declaration of peace in November 1918.  



Rachel's readings were perfect and the production team were so meticulous with the script and respectful of the original text. Listening to Edie's words spoken so beautifully was an emotional experience not just for me but for the production team as well.  The extracts cover not only the harrowing experiences Edie describes on a daily basis but also include several moments of humour and give a good insight into the strong personality which sustained her through the five years she spent behind the front lines and at hospitals on the French coast.  Edie was not demobilised until December 1919 having been appointed, in February 1919, to the staff of Dame Maud McCarthy, Matron in Chief, at Boulogne.

So, thanks Jo for letting me come and sit in on the recording.  I promised to keep as quiet as possible but it was nice to be asked to clarify one or two details of the text.  Thanks, too, for letting me take some photos; sorry they aren't better quality.

Dick Robinson

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