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Lord Kitcheners Image - BBC Radio Documentary - cheops
Ian Hislop ( Private Eye, Have I Got News For You ) examines the iconic status of Lord Kitchener, the face of World War I, with help from art critics, military historians and members of the Kitchener family.
The face of World War One belonged to Lord Kitchener. His pointing finger, walrus moustache and staring eyes adorned recruiting posters outside every town hall in Britain in September 1914. But how did this Victorian imperialist convince so many young men to head off for the trenches?...
"Lord Kitchener had no doubts about the value of journalism. When he was supposed to be making a statement to a group of assembled military correspondents in Sudan, he pushed past them shouting: 'Out of my way, you drunken swabs.' I am making a documentary for Radio 4 called Lord Kitchener's Image, taking the famous First World War recruiting poster as a starting point and then looking at Kitchener's reputation at the time and since.
I went down to the home of the last relative in the Kitchener line, Emma Kitchener-Fellowes, who is very much the 'keeper of the flame'. She has got a wonderful collection of memorabilia proving that the celebrity madness of the present day is nothing new. Kitchener was not loved by the press, but his popularity among ordinary people was so huge that manufacturers put his face on anything they could produce. Emma showed me a Kitchener napkin, a little Kitchener bust made out of soap, a pair of Kitchener nutcrackers and a Kitchener tape measure (imperial measurements naturally)..."
( Ian Hislop, 'My Week' - The Observer, Sunday October 21 2007 )
One episode of 30 minutes.
First broadcast in November 2007 on BBC Radio 4.
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