Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As ... See full summary »
96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.
Having watched The Gathering Storm at the weekend I finally tried to find out what the name of the documentary - the signature tune of which has remained in my psyche since childhood in England. Thanks to the reviews above I now know it was The Valiant Years. I was only 9 or 10 but the majestic music and the rippling of the water at the end of each episode - which one must presume is at Chartwell - Winston Churchill's home - I can summon in a thrice. I must confess as an adopted Australian now I am very much aware of Churchill's great blunders which cost tens of thousands of lives over decades but he was certainly the leader the Allies needed during the War. I remember some years back seeing a documentary on Churchill's life which ended with his funeral (which I can still remember vaguely as a child) and feeling inconsolable grief for a few minutes. There was something very big about Churchill and very small about the island he was trying to protect which I think resonates with the child within us and the father we ( I guess most of us writing in this column) have lost. I hope to at least get a copy of the music one day - but the DVD would be grand.
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