The World at War (1973)

9.2
1973

Genre: Documentary , History , War

Plot: 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. Read More

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Season

1
Episode 26: Remember
Episode 25: Reckoning (1945...and after)
Episode 24: The Bomb (February - September 1945)
Episode 23: Pacific (February 1942 - July 1945)
Episode 22: Japan (1941 - 1945)
Episode 21: Nemesis: Germany (February - May 1945)
Episode 20: Genocide (1941 - 1945)
Episode 19: Pincers (August 1944 - March 1945)
Episode 18: Occupation: Holland (1940 - 1944)
Episode 17: Morning (June - August 1944)
Episode 16: Inside the Reich: Germany (1940 - 1944)
Episode 15: Home Fires: Britain (1940 - 1944)
Episode 14: It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (1942 - 1944)
Episode 13: Tough Old Gut: Italy (November 1942 - June 1944)
Episode 12: Whirlwind: Bombing Germany (September 1939 - April 1944)
Episode 11: Red Star: The Soviet Union (1941 - 1943)
Episode 10: Wolfpack: U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939 - 1943)
Episode 9: Stalingrad (June 1942 - February 1943)
Episode 8: The Desert: North Africa (1940 - 1943)
Episode 7: On Our Way: U.S.A. (1939 - 1942)
Episode 6: Banzai!: Japan (1931 - 1942)
Episode 5: Barbarossa (June - December 1941)
Episode 4: Alone (May 1940 - May 1941)
Episode 3: France Falls (May - June 1940)
Episode 2: Distant War (September 1939 - May 1940)
Episode 1: A New Germany (1933 - 1939)