WW2: Best of British in BBC series

2011-09-12 00:00

SOME of Britain’s best actors and actresses can be seen in a series of programmes dedicated to WW2, which will be screened on BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 251) this week.

Kicking things off at 9.30 pm tonight is The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, which reveals the daring lengths to which Winston Churchill went to warn the British people of the Nazi threat, at a time when the country wanted nothing more than peace.

This award-winning film offers an intimate look at the man, his extraordinary return from the brink of political obscurity, and the personal price he paid in his marriage and private life before he could re-emerge as a leader and a hero.

At 9.30 pm tomorrow, viewers can watch Into The Storm, which uses a series of flashbacks to reveal a portrait of Churchill, an inspiring yet flawed man.

His defiance, headstrong stubbornness and single-mindedness were the traits that made him a great wartime leader. But those same traits meant he lost touch with the British people, and was ousted from government weeks after the WW2 victory celebrations.

Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth star in Conspiracy, which can be seen on Wednesday night at 9.30 pm.

This Emmy Award-winning film tells how, on January 20, 1942, 15 men gathered in a villa on the outskirts of Berlin to feast on food and drink, and to discuss a certain problem. An hour-and-a-half later, the Final Solution had been planned, sealing the fate of millions of European Jews.

Conspiracy is based on the sole surviving copy of the “Wannsee Protocol”, which was found in the files of the Reich’s Foreign Office.

The final programme in the series is Blitz Street, which can be seen on Thursday at 9.30 pm and tells the story of the Blitz, highlighting the true horrors of the ferocious and constant bombardment on Britain during the war, and explaining why it failed.


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