Flagship series for BBC Radio 4

1914 Day by Day - Steve Bell

Historian Margaret Macmillan presents a 43 part series to mark the centenary of the First World War

1914 Day By Day is our epic 43 part series for Radio 4 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Historian Margaret Macmillan presents a daily programme chronicling Europe’s descent into war,  which will be broadcast every day. It spans the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand through to the first week of the conflict.

Each programme draws together sources from that day in history. These include newspaper accounts, diplomatic correspondence and private journals, from the telegrams between Kaiser and the Tsar, through to the diary entries of ordinary people.

To accompany the series, 12 leading cartoonists and graphic artists have given their own illustrated commentary on the events.  Participants include Steve Bell (The Guardian), Peter Brookes (The Times), Steven Camley (Glasgow Herald), Alan Cowsill (Marvel), Kate Charlesworth (The Cartoon History of Time), Achim Greser and Heribert Lenz (Frankfurter Allegemeine), John McCrea and Ferg Handley (Marvel/Lucasfilm and Marvel/Commando), Jon McNaught (Dockwood), Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip), Zoom Rockman (The Zoom!), Lalit Kumar Sharma (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe) and Ralph Steadman (New Statesman).

The commission follows similar series around 1989 and 1968.

1914 Day By Day is on Radio 4 every day at 4.55pm from Friday 27th June to 8th August with the omnibus on a Sunday night at 11pm.