14 March 2005
TV Alert: The Great War

Starting tomorrow, the BBC are reshowing this classic 1965 documentary series.  It is one of my favourite TV programmes of all time.  Let’s put it this way, when I heard it was available on DVD I bought the set.  Then, I bought the DVD player.  It’s great strength is that at the same time as having no agenda it manages to avoid sinking into cliché  Well, that’s one of its great strengths - interviews with survivors and stacks of archive footage and a haunting soundtrack are another.

Whether the BBC will be able to screen all 26 episodes remains to be seen.  It tried a couple of years ago but the airings seemed to peter out about half way through.

The Great War, 2.20pm, Mon 14 March 2005, BBC2, (40mins)

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