Free 3 Part Series – 100th anniversary of WWI

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7:00 Monday, August 11 – 37 Days: The Road to World War I

Part of 3 FREE theatrical events presented by BBC Worldwide North America to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI.

This three-part political thriller follows the catastrophic chain of events which began with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, and led to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4th. 37 Days explores with breathless tension the tragedy of how Europe’s old conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart – or were destroyed. This fascinating and provocative drama, featuring stunning performances from actors such as Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Tim Piggott-Smith (MI-5, Quantum of Solace), unlocks the mystery of the war’s origins. By overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, the film demonstrates that World War I did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck.

 

7:00 Monday, August 18 – Royal Cousins at War: The Final Blow to the Royal Houses of Europe

Part of 3 FREE theatrical events presented by BBC Worldwide North America to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI.

At the outbreak of World War I, three cousins reigned over Europe’s greatest powers – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war. Mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy, and so brought tumbling down their own ideal of a Europe governed by the descendants of Queen Victoria. While it was war that delivered the final blow, this fascinating series shows how the problems had set in much earlier.

 

7:00 Monday, August 25 – Churchill’s First World War

Part of 3 FREE theatrical events presented by BBC Worldwide North America to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI.

At the outbreak of war, Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty—39-year-old Winston Churchill—dreams of winning fame and glory. But when the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli leads to his disgrace and eventual resignation, he dreams of redemption, instead. Join the future British Prime Minister in this dramatic documentary as Churchill tries to rehabilitate his reputation by taking up active service in the British Army, at the risk of getting killed. You’ll be fascinated by the revealing story, told through Churchill’s own words in intimate letters to Clementine, his young wife and trusted confidant. See how political intrigue, ambition, and remarkable military adventures combine with the love of a wise woman to forge Britain’s future great champion of World War II.


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