A full-cast dramatization of one of the greatest war novels of all time. First published as a novel in 1929, All Quiet on the Western Front tells the story of a group of young German soldiers who are enduring, and then coming to terms with, the realities of World War I. At the age of 19, following the outbreak of World War I, Paul Bäumer enlists in the German Army. He is deployed to the Western Front, where the experience of life and death in the trenches has an enormous effect on him. He begins to feel disconnected from his past life: his family, his love of poetry, and his feelings. As the war progresses, Paul becomes increasingly lost in battle. Haunting yet comic, lyrical yet desperate, the novel became a bestseller on its original publication. It inspired an Oscar-winning film of the same name, and has been adapted for television and stage. This powerful radio dramatization stars Robert Lonsdale as Paul Bäumer, with a supporting cast including Simon Trinder, Stephen Critchlow, Carolyn Pickles, and Malcolm Tierney.
Erich Maria Remarque was a German author and veteran of World War I. Following the war he worked as a primary school teacher, and later as a librarian, a journalist, and a technical writer. Among Remarque’s published novels were All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back, Three Comrades, and Arch of Triumph. Remarque adapted the book Ten Days to Die, about Hitler’s final days, as a screenplay, and he also wrote for the stage. During his lifetime Remarque married twice and had love affairs with the actresses Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo.