Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Jill Barber - Episode 201
Fast Talkin' Man - Jill Barber - Episode 201
Take It Off Your Mind - Jill Barber - Episode 201
One More Time - Jill Barber - Episode 201
Watch The Birdie - Anita O' Day – Episode 201
I'm Pulling Through – Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra – Episode 201
Tangerine – Royal Wood – Episode 202
Just As I Am – Choral Performance by New Life Covenant Centre Choir – Episode 203
Won't You Come See Me – Brett Dier & Jodi Balfour – Episode 204
Glory, Glory - Choral Performance by New Life Covenant Centre Choir – Episode 204
Witham Jingle – Jono Grant & Michael MacLennan – Episode 206
I Don't Want To Walk Without You – Charlotte Hegele – Episode 206
Betcha Nickel – Tanika Charles – Episode 208
Jill Barber: http://jillbarber.com/music.html
Royal Wood: http://www.royalwood.ca/music/
Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.
LORNA CORBETT (43) has one twisted heart but if she can clear out the thickets of her past struggles, it just might blossom. She met her husband Bob at age 18 beforehe shipped out to the Great War, and married after their affair left her pregnant. Upon his return, Bob was left a broken man, shell-shocked and paralyzed, and their dream of a happy life vanished. Lorna quietly relishes her new job as it’s a chance to escape an oppressive home. While secretly fascinated by the women around her with their blossoming sexuality, and expanding horizons — Lorna’s jealous of their happiness, and determined not to let them make the same mistakes she did. Lorna is especially resentful Gladys and seeks to break the spirited girl, even though she recognizes her own long-lost exuberance.
LORNA CORBETT |
GLADYS WITHAM (22) is a wild child. The only daughter in a wealthy Rosedale family, Gladys’s privileged life has made her fearless with an appetite for life. Gladys always got what she wanted; only what she wants is now changing. Although a privileged life has many advantages, it can also can be suffocating. While her father works to expand the family's empire, her mother lives by her wealth and liquor. Given these silent and oppressive pressures, Gladys considers the war an escape and eagerly takes up an office job at Victory Munitions. After seeing what the other women do on the factory floor, Gladys insists on getting her hands dirty, and is drawn to this most difficult and dangerous work as a way to feel alive and connect with "real women."
GLADYS WITHAM |
KATE ANDREWS (24) lands in Toronto on a raft of secrets. She’s eager to please and gifted at lifting spirits — in a large part due to a staggeringly talented singing voice. Beneath her smile is a sheltered, insecure girl beginning to find her way in the world. She’s on the run from her abusive street-preaching father and she needs this job. While she’s fascinated by the wealth and confidence of Gladys, it’s her friend Betty who unexpectedly becomes Kate’s best friend. Cobbling together a new identity, Kate appears to have evaded detection and punishment...so far.
KATE ANDREWS |
BETTY McRAE (28) is a recent arrival from rural Saskatchewan who moved to Toronto for work. An early arrival to Victory Munitions, Betty quickly rose through the ranks to be a well-regarded worker who doubles as Blue Shift’s on-floor trainer of the new workers. She fled her troubling past to live and work in a more "female" milieu, with fewer of the men she mistrusts. Yet she struggles to connect within this new sisterhood. Among her new trainees, she finds Gladys frustratingly naïve, but in time discovers a grudging respect for her. Her hard attitude doesn’t apply to Kate. Kate inspires her to be a kinder, better person, to show the patience and understanding she lacks with others. Betty doesn’t have the words to explain it, but we know... it’s love.
BETTY McRAE |
MARCO MORETTI (35) is Blue Shift’s materials controller, responsible for the raw materials coming into the factory, and the export of every finished bomb. He gained his experience from his family’s fireworks factory, and now supports his mother, sister and nieces as the sole breadwinner — his father’s been locked away in an internment camp alongside hundreds of other Italian immigrants. While he considers himself Canadian, he has found that since the war, he’s seen as a potential enemy, which is why he’s unable to enlist. Before the war, he and Lorna would have never met — spaghetti is still a foreign food — but at the factory, their fiery rapport that starts with a clash, shifts into a growing attraction.
MARCO MORETTI |
A true survivor, the smart, sassy and fast-talking Vera always expected her looks to be her ticket. But after a devastating accident on the factory floor forces her to re-evaluate, she digs deep - and with a combination of brains and courage, reinvents herself as an indispensable office worker. Hardheaded and capable, Vera’s practical nature is married to the heart of an optimist. She might be able to deal with the worst life can throw at her, but she still hopes for the best.
VERA BURR |
Ivan is an engineer hailing from Winnipeg, unable to serve because of asthma. Working at VicMu, he finds that there are benefits to being one of the few men in a factory full of women. Ivan is outgoing and warm, with a penchant for falling in love and breaking hearts – his own included. A newer addition to Victory Munitions, Ivan, nevertheless makes friends easily and is often the life of the party, is blending in just fine.
IVAN BUCHINSKY |
Jim Codrington began his professional acting career while studying to get his Communications degree at Ryerson University. Prior appearances in high school theatrical productions had kindled a fascination for acting that was nurtured at Ryerson, and eventually blossomed into a career that has spanned decades, and featured accomplished work in scores of professional productions.
From light-hearted lothario "Taffy" in The Movie Network's Zone of Separation, to the brooding, intense "Darnell Williams" of the CBC's The Border, Jim's intention has always been to create thoughtful characters of subtlety and nuanced intensity.
Bomb Girls' "Leon Reilly" has been a particularly enjoyable role for Jim since Leon shares an affinity for Jim's other abiding passion: music. Playing and singing jazz- like acting - fulfills Jim's appetite for expression, artistic exploration, and sensitive collaboration.
After a middling career, blue shift manager Harold Akins, finds himself a fox in the henhouse. The war, with its insatiable demand for labour, has created a brave new world full of trouser- wearing female workers -- but Harold who’s been schooled with notions of men never showing women their vulnerabilities, bristles at the thought of these girls taking over. He can bluster like a tyrant, haranguing his subordinates and berating his employees, but on occasion Harold is also capable of compassion and even heeding his employees’ advice – although he’d never thank them for it.
HAROLD AKINS |
WWI vet Bob Corbett returned from the Great War a broken man, suffering crippling injuries that have left him in a wheelchair. For the past 20 years, he’s leaned heavily on his wife Lorna. Yet they survived the Depression and raised three children – including two sons now following in their father’s footsteps as servicemen overseas. Eking out a meager living as a painter of hand-crafted toys, Bob is further challenged by the advent of the Second World War, as he watches his wife take her first serious job — and thrive at it, meeting an array of people and gaining self-confidence. When the war machine repurposes tin, Bob is robbed of source of income. He’s faced with a difficult choice: will he lag behind while his wife continues to flourish or will he dig deep and seize this opportunity to reinvent himself? Theirs is a marriage on the cusp of reinvention – or collapse.
BOB CORBETT |
Where There's Smoke
Dance Through The Decades
Designing The Jewel Box
Creating the Bombs
On the line
The Life of a Real Bomb Girl
Behind The Show
Behind The Show
Behind The Show
Signs of the Time
What is 'women's work'?
Easy Listening with the Gramophone
Gladys and James in Love
A Drink or Two
A Piece of Hearty News
BG Photo Shoot
The Memory Wall serves as a space to contribute memories and stories that were shared with you from the time of war.
You can participate in the conversation by simply saying thank you to the brave men and women who served and are serving today.