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    Horses and Other Animals in World War I

    Horses and Other Animals in World War I

      8 million horses were killed on all sides during World War I. Steven Benedict, author of Paschendeale, a novel set during the Great War, talked about the role of horses and other animals in this war.   Click here for information about Paschendeale When war broke out in 1914, the British army only had 25,000 horses.   The War Office was given the urgent task of sourcing half a million more to go into battle.  In the first year of war the countryside was emptied of shire horses and riding ponies, a heartbreaking prospect for farming families who saw their finest ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2014/0323/601819-the-history-show-sunday-23-march-2014/?clipid=1507096
    '12 Years a Slave' review

    '12 Years a Slave' review

    A new historical drama, 12 Years A Slave opens in cinemas this Friday.   It’s an adaptation of an 1853 autobiography written by Solomon Northup who was born in New York State as a free-negro but was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Historians have validated his memoir as being remarkably accurate – and film lecturer, Steven Benedict came in to tell us about the film.      Steven Benedict's verdict on 12 Years a Slave: A superb film that, given its brutal subject matter, is remarkably restrained. You can’t sugar coat the story but it would be very easy to run an assault on the ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2014/0105/493500-the-history-show-sunday-5-january-2014/?clipid=1379936
    Christmas on the Telly

    Christmas on the Telly

    It wouldn’t be Christmas on the telly all the same without settling down to a three hour epic like Dr. Zhivago! Film lecturer, Steven Benedict gave us a rundown of what historical movie offerings we can expect on the TV this festive season.   Historical Movies for Christmas by Steven Benedict A Man for All Seasons Given the season that’s in it, let’s begin with A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt’s adaptation of his won superb stage play which itself began as an hour long BBC radio play. It centres around the struggle between Henry VIII of England and his ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2013/1215/492800-the-history-show-sunday-15-december-2013/?clipid=1378295
    The 50th Anniversary of the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia'

    The 50th Anniversary of the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia'

    50 years ago this week LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, the historical epic of all historical epics, was released into cinemas. Directed by David Lean, it not only made a star of Peter O'Toole, it also gave audiences an unforgettable introduction to Omar Sharif.Half-a-century on, the film's reputation seems only to improve with age. To mark its anniversary, a special edition 3-disc edition has been released on Blu-Ray and here to talk about it is broadcaster and filmmaker Steven Benedict.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2012/1209/357601-the-history-show-sunday-9-december-2012/?clipid=973805

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