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Evolving narratives of the First World War in Welsh-language television programmes / Gethin Matthews

SPIEL, Volume: 2, Issue: 2

Swansea University Author: Gethin Matthews

Abstract

This article examines Welsh television programmes about the First World War, particularly those broadcast since 2004 in the Welsh language. There have been many hours of programmes commissioned to benefit from the increased popular interest in the story of the war, particularly at the times of the n...

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Published in: SPIEL
Published: 2017
Online Access: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/plg/spiel
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35425
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Abstract: This article examines Welsh television programmes about the First World War, particularly those broadcast since 2004 in the Welsh language. There have been many hours of programmes commissioned to benefit from the increased popular interest in the story of the war, particularly at the times of the ninetieth anniversary and the centenary. Although the presentation of the First World War to a Welsh audience is governed by the general ‘British’ framework of understandings, this study shows that there are particular ways of interpreting the war that are unique to Wales. Over the period studied there was also a shift in emphasis, as eyewitness testimony to the events of 1914-18 was no longer available to the producers.
Keywords: First World War, Television, Wales, Welsh History, Cultural History, Western Front, Gallipoli
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2