Previous Projects and Appearances
The Wildest Dream is a major drama documentary
about the final climb of George Mallory and
Sandy Irvine on Everest in June 1924. Climbers Leo Houlding and Conrad Anker retraced
Mallory and Irvine's steps, reaching the summit in June 2007.
Julie is interviewed about Sandy Irvine in the film. The film was previewed at the IMAX cinema
at the Science Museum in London on 29th March 2010 and very well received.
Julie is currently developing a number of programme ideas with
Chrome Radio on topics such as traction engines, the Olympic Games
and her most recent publication, Stranger in the House.
This 45 minute documentary focuses on life in the POW camps
along the Thailand-Burma railway and looks at the role played
by the chaplains and religion during the three and a half
years of captivity.
The programme draws on the leadership and example of Lt.
Col. Philip Toosey and excerpts from THE COLONEL OF TAMARKAN,
PHILIP TOOSEY AND THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI will
be used throughout. It will be presented by Terry
Waite who drew on his own experiences of captivity
when talking to the book’s author, Julie Summers, the
lead interviewee for the programme, about her grandfather’s
time in the POW camps. Terry Waite saw many parallels and
was moved by the account of Toosey’s return to Britain
after the war. They shared, by all accounts, the same
traumas readjusting to life after captivity.
Terry Waite summed up Philip Toosey as ‘a great man.
A great leader, a man of stature and an inspiration to his men.’
Julie appeared on Battle of the Books to defend Heinrich Harrer’s The White Spider against Joe
Simpson’s Touching the Void.
Julie is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio
Merseyside and has done a number of local radio interviews
in connection with her books.
Also: GMTV, BBC and ITV for a number of interviews in the 1990s.