Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins shoots Poets of the Somme

Date - 30 January, 2014, All News Television
Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins

Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins shoots for Poets of the Somme with readings from some of Britian’s most prolific wartime poets.

This one-off documentary for BBC Two tells the story of the battle through the experiences and words of the poets and writers who took part. Using animation, readings and contributions from historians, poets, biographers and descendants, Writers Of The Somme shows how their writing was inspired by specific locations and events, ultimately changing the way people think about war itself.

It has been estimated that more poets and writers took part in the battle of the Somme than any other battle in history. A cohort of literary young men – including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, JRR Tolkien and Edmund Blunden – served in the same trenches, fought in the same attacks and produced a collection of poetry and prose that has shaped the way people remember the Great War. Their poems, memoirs and fiction don’t just relate what happened; they take readers into the moment, evoking what it felt like to be there. While the individual works stand alone, when taken together their accounts provide a unique patchwork of perspectives that allow people to make sense of this important battle.


Oliver trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Screen credits include Leprechaun Returns (SyFy), Christopher Robin (Disney), The Left Behind (BBC), the BAFTA Award Winning Drama Care & Stella (Tidy Productions).

Stage credits include The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic, World Cup Final 1966 at Bristol Old Vic and Monkey Son in the hit adaptation of The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre.

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