Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Long, Long Trail on BBC Radio 4

D.C Editor Adam writes… 

As many of you know, Mary – The Boss, The Gaffer of London Walks – is the daughter of Charles Chilton, the legendary BBC radio man once described as "the one genius the BBC ever had on its staff".

This week Charles in being remembered on BBC Radio 4 in The Long, Long Trail. Mary is taking part in the programme…

Archive on 4: The Long, Long Trail
BBC Radio 4
Saturday, 4 January 2014, 8.02pm

Roy Hudd explores Charles Chilton’s forgotten 1961 radio masterpiece which told the story of World War One through soldiers’ songs and inspired the stage musical Oh What a Lovely War.

With satirist Ian Hislop, radio historian and Chair of the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee, Professor Hugh Chignell, archivist Helen O'Neill at the London Library, singer Pat Whitmore, Penny Chilton, Charles's widow, and their children Mary and David Chilton.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at


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