BBC WWII Series 70th Anniversary – Free Admission

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    • Copenhagen – Monday, August 3 at 6:00
      • Synopsis:
        • An adaptation of the popular Michael Frayn stage-play based around a strange trip the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made to Copenhagen in 1941 to see his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr. Old friends and close colleagues, they had revolutionised atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment and ended in disaster. In Frayn’s play, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers and to work out how we can ever know why we do what we do.
      • Press:
        • “An explosive drama has become a small-screen gem” –EW
        • Frayn‘s play offers a fanciful yet utterly believable and incredibly witty and charming speculation on the words that might have passed between the idealistic Bohr (played by Stephen Rea) and the pragmatic Heisenberg (Daniel Craig)” –The New York Times


    • Hitler on Trial – Monday, August 10 at 6:00
      • Synopsis:
        • Meet Hans Litten, the brilliant young lawyer who dares to cross-examine Adolf Hitler in a Berlin courtroom in 1931. Litten’s goal: to expose Hitler’s true character and murderous plans, and halt the rapid rise of the Nazi Party. His reward: the red-hot hatred and fatal revenge of a hostile witness. Hitler on Trial sweeps you into this little-known, true story of collision between the future Führer’s blatant contempt for the law, and Litten’s brave but futile attempt to save German democracy. A gripping, intense BBC drama guaranteed to make your heart race, starring Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs, The Musketeers), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Finding Neverland), Sarah Smart (Wallander, Death in Paradise) and Anton Lesser (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones).
      • Press:
        • the courtroom scenes, drawn from actual transcripts, crackle until the intimate, unashamedly play-like atmosphere comes into its own.” –Herald Scotland
        • the drama was taut and laced with foreboding….the lead performances were superb´-The Telegraph



    • Castles in the Sky – Monday, August 17 at 6:00
      • Synopsis:
        • Featuring a stunning lead performance by Eddie Izzard (The Avengers, Valkyrie), Castles In The Sky recounts the powerhouse human drama behind Scotsman Robert Watson-Watt’s history-altering invention of radar technology. On the brink of war, Watson-Watt’s invention changed the playing field and advanced the British’s chances against the rising Nazi party. Izzard’s riveting portrayal captures the free-thinking rule-breaker’s struggles and ultimate triumph.
      • Press:
        • “a rousing patriotic story” –The Guardian
        • “Castles in the Sky is a fittingly emotional and rousing tribute to a group of men who deserve to be revered and remembered for their daring and dogged actions.” –Digital Spy
        • “This was history that everybody should know” –The Telegraph


    • Wodehouse in Exile – Monday, August 24 at 6:00
      • Synopsis:
        • BAFTA® and Emmy-award winning writer Nigel Williams crafts an intimate portrait of British humorist P.D. Wodehouse in Wodehouse In Exile. An all-star cast led by Tim-Pigott-Smith (37 Days, Houdini) and Zoe Wanamaker  ( Selfridge) shares the gripping tale of how the creator of Jeeves and Wooster faced treason charges that prevented him from setting foot on English soil again.
      • Press:
        • Let it draw you in and you’ll be rewarded by a nuanced, thoughtful story that has a rare impact.” –Time Out London
        • a lovely performance by Tim Pigott-Smith” –The Guardian
        • This was a classic BBC Four “inspired by real events” film…and it bounded on at a suitably Woosterian lick.” –The Telegraph

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