A TV mini-series that unveils the behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I.
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Ian McDiarmid ...  Edward Grey 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Farrell ...  Eyre Crowe 3 episodes, 2014
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Herbert Henry Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Sinéad Cusack ...  Margot Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Bill Paterson ...  Lord Morley 3 episodes, 2014
Kenneth Cranham ...  John Burns 3 episodes, 2014
Ludger Pistor ...  Bethmann-Hollweg 3 episodes, 2014
Rainer Sellien ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II 3 episodes, 2014
Bernhard Schütz ...  Helmuth Moltke 3 episodes, 2014
Mark Lewis Jones ...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Asbury ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 2014
Urs Remond Urs Remond ...  Prince Lichnowsky 3 episodes, 2014
James McArdle ...  Alec 3 episodes, 2014
André Kaczmarczyk André Kaczmarczyk ...  Jens 3 episodes, 2014
Holger Kunkel ...  Falkenhayn 3 episodes, 2014
Stephan Szasz Stephan Szasz ...  Jagow 3 episodes, 2014
Kate Ambler Kate Ambler ...  Muriel 3 episodes, 2014
Roman Beguns Roman Beguns ...  Russian Secretary 3 episodes, 2014
François-Eric Gendron ...  Paul Cambon 2 episodes, 2014
Niall Cusack Niall Cusack ...  Benckendorff 2 episodes, 2014
George Lenz ...  Mensdorff 2 episodes, 2014
Christopher Kelly Christopher Kelly ...  Gavrilo Princip 2 episodes, 2014
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Three episodes of a docudrama that present the background to the First World War, since the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declarations of war of various contenders. That means the thirty seven days elapsed between 28 June and 4 August 1914. The scenarios are the Foreign Office, the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose secretary was Sir Edward Grey series, and the German Chancellery in Berlin, so that the action is narrated by two young clerks who, after thirty-seven days, enlist in the armed forces . The miniseries is a mixture of drama and documentary, its tone is somewhat aseptically dry in which many details are simplified, but it highlights some aspects in order to answer the question that the viewer makes constantly: how we go from peace to war in just over a month? Though the series lop sides at a very British viewpoint and can't help to look at characters often caricatured, as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the ... Written by bobbuckingham

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Gripping and informative
21 March 2014 | by woolie2011See all my reviews

I admit some of the Geman characters were a bit one dimensional but I wouldn't be so hard on this series as others. I really enjoyed it and missed it when it ended. It was educational, informative and entertaining. I am a fan of history so I might be a bit biased I admit but it was right up my street.

It isn't meant to be a high-budget American blockbuster, but a serious look at a side of the First World War that usually gets little coverage. OK the odd bit of dialogue was less than authentic - but a darn sight more authentic than all the massive bloopers in Downton Abbey! We all know about the battles and the casualties, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the Treaty of Versailles, but it is politicians who make wars. Politicians and human frailties. This series focuses on the politicians involved and shows how we come to war by degree and mis-interpretation and not by some big event.

As stated, the performances by the actors playing the English characters were great - understated and probably accurate.

I learnt a lot. Perhaps an abridged version would be useful in schools so those studying GCSE History can see that there was more to it than 'a bloke getting shot in the Balkans'.


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5 March 2014 (UK) See more »

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