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John Willis | Churchill's Few and Secret Letter

Presented by the Friends of Blackheath Halls


WED 25 NOV 6pm | Online via Zoom

Eighty years after the Battle of Britain Churchill’s Few tells the story, in their own words, of six young men who fought in the skies above England to prevent Hitler's invasion of Britain.

This unique and moving record throws light on the long-term consequences of the Battle of Britain on the lives of the young pilots in the frontline.

Secret Letters contains the full unpublished letters of Geoffrey Myers, one of the six pilots featured in Churchill’s Few, written while Myers was caught up in the turning points of the early years of the war, and his French wife and two half-Jewish children were trapped in Nazi-occupied France, desperate to escape and to be reunited with him in England. Intended to be read only in the event of his death, these secret letters were never posted and were not read by Geoffrey's family until later in the war.

Extracts from the letters will be read by Christine Kavanagh, a long-time member of the BBC Radio Drama Company who recently starred in An Inspector Calls.

John Willis is one of Britain's best known television executives. He is a former Director of Programmes at Channel 4 and Director of Factual and Learning at the BBC. In 2012 he was elected as Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

He started his career as a documentary maker and won many awards for his films including Johnny Go Home, Alice – A Fight for Life, Rampton – The Secret Hospital, and Churchill's Few on which this book is based.

He is currently Chair of Mentorn Media, producers of Question Time for BBC.

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Dates and times

This event finished on 25 November 2020.


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