The Machine Gunners (2017)

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started19th Sep 2017
ended28th Nov 2017
1 school year
duration15 mins
subject 📚EnglishLiterature
age rangeAge 9-11
languageenIn English
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The Machine Gunners is a BBC schools radio series from the 2010s, covering English for primary school pupils.

A 10-part abridgement of Robert Westall's children's novel set in World War II, in which a group of boys in a British town find a German machine gun and capture an enemy soldier in their own war efforts. This version was read by Anthony Byrne, with music and sound effects.

Episode List

All 10 episodes of the series are available online at the BBC School Radio website, along with teacher's notes by Katie Myles.

# Title Broadcast Online
1. The Hunt for War Souvenirs #2017-09-18-00-00-0018 Sep 2017
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2. Keeping a Secret #2017-09-25-00-00-0025 Sep 2017
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3. Getting the Better of Boddser Brown #2017-10-02-00-00-002 Oct 2017
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4. Setting Up Camp #2017-10-09-00-00-009 Oct 2017
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5. Life at the Fortress #2017-10-16-00-00-0016 Oct 2017
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6. A Home from Home #2017-10-30-00-00-0030 Oct 2017
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7. A German Friend #2017-11-06-00-00-006 Nov 2017
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8. Closing In #2017-11-13-00-00-0013 Nov 2017
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9. The Germans Are Coming #2017-11-20-00-00-0020 Nov 2017
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10. A False Alarm #2017-11-27-00-00-0027 Nov 2017
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The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
Abridged by Penny Leicester
Read by Anthony Byrne
Producer Kathryn Blennerhassett


  • Autumn 2017: Tuesdays, 3:45am

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