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Britain at War in Colour

Synopsis
Portrays the events of World War 2 through rarely seen footage, much of it shot unofficially by servicemen and civilians as a personal record of events unfolding. Originally shown on television in 3 parts, each dealing with different periods of the war. Includes footage of Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts marching along in London in 1940, the D-day landings and the liberation of British survivors of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp; Winston Churchill before the 1945 election, British prisoners of war at a liberated prison camp in Burma and footage of the D-Day landings.


The video compilation and DVD contain the entire television series plus 30 minutes of additional footage. These include five letter and diary pieces;a year-by-year breakdown of events; key facts linked to 24 ‘hot points’ within the films; reproductions of 10 original war posters; and William Wyler’s hard-hitting 1943 documentary, the MEMPHIS BELLE, gives an insight into bombing missions from an American perspective.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2001
Year of production
2000
Notes
Broadcast on ITV weekly from 13/01/01
Subjects
History; Media studies
Keywords
archive films; social history; World War II

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
218 minutes
Year
2002

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
163 minutes
Year
2002

Sections

Title
Darkest hour
Synopsis
Covers the period from the government’s failed policy of appeasement, through the months of misfortune and failure, to the turn of the tide in North Africa late in 1942. Focuses on Britain’s preparations for war with Germany, life on the home front, and the difficulties the British civilians and troops faced.

Title
Beginning of the end, The
Synopsis
Traces the successes in Asia and the Atlantic, through the D-Day landings, to victory in Europe in April 1945.

Title
Unknown warriors
Synopsis
Takes a chronological overview of events through the letters and diaries of people caught up in the conflict and recent interviews with them.

Production Company

Name

Carlton Television

Name

Trans World International (UK)

Distributor

 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Warner Vision International

Phone
020 7467 2566
Fax
020 7467 2564
Address
35-38 Portman Square
London
W1H 0BJ

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