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The Great War 

One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Michael Redgrave ...  Himself - Narrator 26 episodes, 1964
Ralph Richardson ...  Douglas Haig 26 episodes, 1964
Emlyn Williams ...  Lloyd George 26 episodes, 1964
Marius Goring ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964
Cyril Luckham ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964
Sebastian Shaw ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964
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One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. Concentrated by the commentaries by Michael Redgrave, and some of the finest male actors of the twentieth century. Still manages to be breathtaking despite the lack of special effects or modern gimmicks. Written by Nick Gunning

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UK

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English

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30 May 1964 (UK) See more »

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(per episode, approximately, x 26 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Six of the veterans who appeared in the series (Edward Spears, Horace Birks, Melvin Krulewitch, Douglas Wimberley, Robert Cotton Money and George Osborne Channer) reached the rank of Major General during their military careers. See more »

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Followed by The Lost Peace (1966) See more »

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Shrewd, Candid, Accurate, Historical: A perfect history documentary?
18 June 2008 | by rjcrotonSee all my reviews

This documentary is possibly the best documentary series ever made. If I could, I would give it an extra star, so it could be the Pershing of documentaries. The fact it beats The World at War and other stunningly epic documentaries shows how incredible it really is.

As a man who has spent his life thinking on history, and could potentially spend a long professional life doing it, all I can say is how refreshing the series is. Unlike other documentaries, it has no platitudes or ahistorical biases, it presents the conflict accurately. Startlingly accurately, with its amazing black and white footage and interviews.

Not only that, but Sir Michael Redgrave topples all narrating rivals in his performances. Forever now will I associate his voice with the conflict, strong, unique and filled with power.

It's the detail that shocks. The emphasis on context, too. By presenting it so historically and professionally, it puts the conflict in its proper place in history and in society. I've watched newer documentaries, and have had to study the literature extensively for my higher education, but never was I more moved than watching this documentary.

Please, seek this series out when you can. It may never be released on Blu-Ray. In-fact, I'd buy a DVD player just for watching this series again, and I'd keep a compatible TV too, just in case. If I was off to a desert island, this would probably be the series I'd take.


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