7th Jul, 2022

Film makers call for Second World War Coventry factory workers for documentary

FILM makers have called on Second World War car and munitions factory workers from Coventry to come forward for a BBC Four documentary.

The BBC will be examining the history of Coventry’s car industry and the city’s involvement in the war effort for a special documentary to be aired next year.

For one part of the programme the BBC is looking in particular at the Coventry Blitz which devastated the city, and the efforts of people who worked in the munitions and car factories in the area.

At its height, Coventry’s industrial sector boasted major manufacturers such as Standard-Triumph and Alvis.

Its importance to the UK made it one of the main reasons it was so heavily bombed during the war.

Testimony Films – makers of the BBC’s WWI: The Last Tommies and Pedaling Dreams: The Raleigh Story – has begun work on its latest documentary.

A spokesperson said: “For our research, we are trying to find someone who remembers the war years and who worked in a Coventry factory during World War Two (not necessarily a car factory).

“A possible alternative is someone who helped with the war effort – ideally a young adult of working age, then in their late teens/twenties.

“It may be that you remember the war years, but were too young to work, but perhaps a parent or older sibling did work in a factory and you have a story to tell about this.”

To help, contact Lizi Cosslett, development producer, via email on lizi.cosslett@testimonyfilms.com or ring 0117 925 8589.

At this stage all correspondence would be kept confidential, and would just be for research.

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