Lines in the sand: The Journey of Gertrude Bell (part one) aired on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday and part two will air this Sunday 20th August. Ali can be heard in the roles of Sheikh Nasib and Abdulaziz.
Lines in the sand: The Journey of Gertrude Bell (part one)
Adapted and dramatised by Mary Cooper
Based on the book, ‘Queen of the Desert’ by Georgina Howell
Gertrude Bell was the daughter of one of Britain’s richest industrialists. She became the first woman to be commissioned in British Military Intelligence, and the only woman to join British occupying forces in Baghdad in April, 1917. She defied family ambitions of an aristocratic marriage to become a linguist, explorer, writer, diplomat and ally to Arab leaders.
This compelling portrait draws on letters to her family in Yorkshire, and her lost lover to reveal the human struggles of her pioneering life.
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