A dramatised documentary about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May 1940.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Pte Alf Tombs
Harry Noakes
Lt Jimmy Langley
Guardsman Desmond Thorogood
Maj Angus McCorquodale
LCpl Wilf Saunders
James Loye ...
Sub Lt David Mellis RN
Maj Gen Harold Alexander (as Kevin R. McNally)
Frankie Osborne
Alex Noodle ...
Lukie Osborne
Capt Bill Tennant RN
Maj Philip Newman RAMC
Ben Abell ...
Cpl Gill


A dramatised documentary about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May 1940.

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Clement Attlee is played by his real life grandson, Richard Attlee. See more »


Although a major-general at the time, Alexander wears full general's rank insignia. See more »

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OK, but should have been much better
30 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

After seeing the BBC Adverts for "Dunkirk" i was honestly looking forward to seeing this Docu-Drama showing us the events leading up to and the evacuation of over 300,000 British,Belgian and French troops from the beaches at "Dunkirk".

It must have only been 10 minutes into the first episode of the Three part series that i began to feel let down by a programme that at best i can only describe as OK.With the BBC's experience of helping to make "Band of Brothers" and resources that should have been made available for such a project,OK just isnt good enough. Did the BBC not think that showing black and white stock footage of Stuka dive bombers and German soldiers might impede the viewers ability to actually feel like they were there with there soldiers.The whole thing contradicted itself,make a Docu-Drama for realism then show old footage(in black and white!) Germans Aircraft and Troops? Just as i found myself getting into "Dunkirk" some stock footage would pop up,presumedly just to remind the viewer that the non black and white images arent actually real,which of course is true but thats not the point. The use of stock footage only showed me that this is a Low budget programme and it didnt take long before my thoughts were confirmed. As in one of the so called "Action" scenes a dozen or so British soldiers are attacked by around 7 German troops and some Tank Tracks.Bizarrly as soon as the Officer sees those Tank Tracks he orders his men to surrender giving the impression that they fought for around 2 mins before giving up.Now this is annoying(even if you do ignore the lack of an actual Tank) because in reality one of the reasons those men were taken to the barn and executed was because they had fought stubbornly and inflicted heavy casualties on the SS soldiers they faced.The German Commander(Moltke) was annoyed by this and the British troops payed a terrible price for their stubborn fighting.

Overall i thought "Dunkirk" was badly let down by its (obviously)Low budget.As it was made by the BBC it really shouldnt have been so cheaply made,is this all our Veterans deserved?. The BBC might do well to bare this in mind for future projects,if youre not going to do it properly then dont do it at all.

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