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Christopher Eccleston, Vicky McClure for Remembrance Weekend poetry

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Christopher Eccleston and Vicky McClure are among the actors who will read war poetry on More4 during Remembrance Weekend.

On November 9 and 10, More4 will mark Remembrance Sunday with a weekend of poetry and other programming.

Christopher Eccleston at the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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Christopher Eccleston

Vicky McClure at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards 2012

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Vicky McClure



This year's coverage will include material that focuses on conflicts from World War I to the present day.

Noel Clarke, McClure and Eccleston will read works by Seamus Heaney, John Agard, Carol Ann Duffy and Dunya Mikhail in short films to be broadcast between programmes.

Last year's poems about World War I will also be featured once again, with readings by Gemma Arterton, Sean Bean, Stephen Graham and Sophie Okonedo.

Other programming will include docudrama The Somme, World War I documentary War Horse: The Real Story, and a first-person retelling of the Falklands' Most Daring Raid.

Noel Clarke

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Noel Clarke

Sean Bean

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Sean Bean



More4 Commissioning Editor in Specialist Factual John Hay said: "It's easy for those of us who have never been to war to feel disconnected from the experience of conflict, but these poems make it vivid, immediate and terrifyingly real.

"We're extremely grateful to Christopher, Vicky and Noel for bringing the words to life so sensitively and powerfully in these beautifully-crafted short films."

The poems in full are as follows:

'In Times of Peace' (by John Agard) read by Noel Clarke
'How To Kill' (by Keith Douglas) read by Noel Clarke
'Dulce Et Decorum Est' (by Wilfred Owen) read by Christopher Eccleston
'Testimony' (by Seamus Heaney) read by Christopher Eccleston
'Last Post' (by Carol Ann Duffy) read by Vicky McClure
'The War Works Hard' (by Dunya Mikhail) read by Vicky McClure
'Arms and the Boy' (by Wilfred Owen) read by Gemma Arterton
'Suicide in the Trenches' (by Siegfried Sassoon) read by Stephen Graham
'The Soldier' (by Rupert Brooke) read by Sophie Okonedo
'Anthem for Doomed Youth' (by Wilfred Owen) read by Sean Bean

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