As It Happens

As It Happens: The Shepherd Edition 2016

As we have nearly every Christmas Eve since 1979, "As It Happens" presents "Fireside Al" Maitland's classic reading of 'The Shepherd', by Frederick Forsyth.
A de Havilland Vampire jet flanked by a "ghost" de Havilland Mosquito (Kevin Ball)

Climb into the cockpit with "Fireside Al" Maitland as he once again heads out over the North Sea, in our annual reading of Frederick Forsyth's short story, "The Shepherd".

The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost.