23 episodes

Helena Bonham Carter shines light on extraordinary stories from World War Two.

History's Secret Heroes BBC Podcasts

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Helena Bonham Carter shines light on extraordinary stories from World War Two.

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    Welcome to History’s Secret Heroes

    Welcome to History’s Secret Heroes

    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.

    • 2 min
    1. Virginia Hall’s Great Escape

    1. Virginia Hall’s Great Escape

    How did the American spy Virginia Hall mastermind an astonishing prison break, leading her to become the Gestapo’s most wanted target?
    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.
    A BBC Studios Podcast production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
    Producer: Amie Liebowitz
    Executive Producer: Paul Smith
    Written by Alex von Tunzelmann

    • 30 min
    2. Charity Adams and the 6888

    2. Charity Adams and the 6888

    Major Charity Adams, the first African American woman to be commissioned in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, arrives in Birmingham, England, to sort out an enormous problem.
    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.
    A BBC Studios Podcast production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
    Producers: Clem Hitchcock and Elaina Boateng
    Executive Producer: Paul Smith
    Written by Alex von Tunzelmann

    • 28 min
    3. Ghost Army

    3. Ghost Army

    Bernie Bluestein, Seymour Nussenbaum and George Dramis are part of a secret army unit with one job: to put on a show for an audience who wants to kill them.
    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.
    A BBC Studios Podcast production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
    Producer: Clem Hitchcock
    Executive Producer: Paul Smith
    Written by Alex von Tunzelmann

    • 29 min
    4. Claude, Marcel and the Soldier with No Name

    4. Claude, Marcel and the Soldier with No Name

    Two eccentric French artists, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, risk their lives to perform an extraordinary act of resistance on the island of Jersey.
    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.
    A BBC Studios Podcast production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
    Producer: Clem Hitchcock
    Executive Producer: Paul Smith
    Written by Alex von Tunzelmann

    • 29 min
    5. George Takei and the American Internment Camps

    5. George Takei and the American Internment Camps

    In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbour attack, then five-year-old George Takei and his family join the 120,000 Japanese Americans who are removed from their homes and imprisoned without trial.
    Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.
    A BBC Studios Podcast production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
    Producer: Amie Liebowitz
    Executive Producer: Paul Smith
    Written by Alex von Tunzelmann

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Historical insomniac ,

HBC is the perfect voice for this fascinating podcast

Every episode is a gift. History brought to life, often with the voices of those involved, to reveal extraordinary examples of courage, ingenuity and empathy. Wonderful.

Pottymouth Librarian ,

Love this!!

This podcast is so well done, all parts from the host, the presentation and all of the guest speakers that have a connection in one way or another to the person that the podcast is presenting! Please do more!

JennSumm ,

Wonderful

Thank you for this engaging podcast and for bringing to light so many heroes.

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