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Cannes – For some broadcasters, the war is not over — at least as a subject for TV drama.

At the MipTV mart here Tuesday, three companies tubthumped war-themed drama series, with each offering a story about how war destroys young lives.

The BBC’s head of drama, Ben Stephenson, revealed that he had just greenlit five-part skein “The Great War,” about two 18-year-olds, one German, one British, whose lives are shattered by World War I.

“Each episode will tell one year of the war from the point of view of these two soldiers, who never meet until the final episode, when they are in an ultimate confrontation,” Stephenson said.

“A piece like that shows how television is becoming so epic in its scale, but always coming back to what ultimately the audience is driven by, which is getting inside characters’ heads,” Stephenson said.

Producing the series will be Red Planet Pictures, »

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