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The World at War

The World at War

Originally broadcast in 1973 as 26 one-hour programmes, The World at War sets out to tell the story of the Second World War through the testimony of key participants. The result is a unique and unrepeatable event, since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live. Each hour-long programme is carefully structured to focus on a key theme or campaign, from the rise of Nazi Germany to Hitler's downfall and the onset of the Cold War. There are no academic "talking heads" here to spell out an official version of history; the narration, delivered with wonderful gravitas by Sir Laurence Olivier, is kept to a minimum. The show's great coup was to allow the participants to speak for themselves. Painstaking research in the archives of the Imperial War Museum also unearthed a vast quantity of newsreel footage, including on occasion the cameraman's original raw rushes which present an unvarnished and never-before-seen picture of important events. Carl Davis' impressive score underlines the grand scale of the enterprise.

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aired Oct 31, 1973

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tiger2000
tiger2000 (Aug 31, 2011)

The definitive series on the history of WWII.

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  • Status Ended
  • Premiered Oct 31, 1973
  • Genre History, Military/War, Documentary, Mini-Series, Special Interest
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Network ITV
  • Runtime 60 minutes
  • Links IMDB and TheTVDB

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