THIS month would have seen the Chalke Valley History Festival celebrate its tenth anniversary, which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, instead the festival team have decided to make seven episodes of the Chalke Valley History Show.

The episodes will be 50-minute daily programmes that will be airing each day the festival should have been running.

Each episode will feature a filmed interview with one of the speakers due to talk, as well as shorter pieces with living historians, glimpses of history festivals past, and various other features.

The festival was due to take place from June 22 to 28.

Work has already begun on this, and filming - at a safe social distance began last week.

The Chalke Valley History Festival team will be filming scientist, author and broadcaster, Adam Rutherford, Sophy Roberts about her book The Lost Pianos of Siberia, and stonemason, Andrew Ziminski, who has written a book about the history of architecture in this country through a number of the buildings he has worked on from the West Kennet Longbarrow to Salisbury Cathedral.

The festival has also been speaking to Saul David about the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, Tom Holland on his book, Dominion, and Caryn Mandabach, the producer of Peaky Blinders, talking about making historical drama. There will also be a living history special.

More details are to be announced about the Chalke Valley History Show.