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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...  Edward Grey 3 episodes, 2014
...  Eyre Crowe 3 episodes, 2014
...  Herbert Henry Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
...  Margot Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
...  Lord Morley 3 episodes, 2014
...  John Burns 3 episodes, 2014
...  Bethmann-Hollweg 3 episodes, 2014
...  Kaiser Wilhelm II 3 episodes, 2014
Bernhard Schütz ...  Helmuth Moltke 3 episodes, 2014
...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 2014
...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 2014
Urs Remond ...  Prince Lichnowsky 3 episodes, 2014
James McArdle ...  Alec 3 episodes, 2014
André Kaczmarczyk ...  Jens 3 episodes, 2014
Holger Kunkel ...  Falkenhayn 3 episodes, 2014
Stephan Szasz ...  Jagow 3 episodes, 2014
Kate Ambler ...  Muriel 3 episodes, 2014
Roman Beguns ...  Russian Secretary 3 episodes, 2014
François-Eric Gendron ...  Paul Cambon 2 episodes, 2014
Niall Cusack ...  Benckendorff 2 episodes, 2014
...  Mensdorff 2 episodes, 2014
Chris 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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The phenomenal Ian McDiarmid versus a cartoonish cavalcade of Continental caricatures
9 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

37 Days is an informative, well-paced, even thrilling piece of historical drama with some superb performances from the best of the British. Its approach to the causes of the First World War is both entertaining and educational. However, there are some problems which prevent this mini-series from becoming a true classic.

The greatest problem is that almost all character who are not British are portrayed in a manner most cartoonish; from the German Kaiser to Austrian and French ambassadors all non-British characters are ridiculously over-the-top caricatures, more ludicrous than the characters in Oh! What a Lovely War. And Lovely War is a musical parody.

I can't but wonder why a production which pays so much attention to detail and is slavishly faithful to historical facts makes its characters look one-dimensional caricatures? Especially when all the British characters are portrayed as completely normal and there is true emotion and humanity in the scenes taking place in London. Is portraying the Continental characters as buffoons some kind of a statement or a lousy attempt at comedy by the British production team? In this respect 37 Days brings to mind the Nazi version of Titanic in 1943 where all the English characters are baddies and the German one saves the day. (Another point which bothers me is the portrayal of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II. In this he is shown as an aggressive and stern military man rather than the sensitive and simple family man portrayed in every single film and history book concerning this topic. Could it be that the production team has confused Nicholas II with his father Alexander III because the character in 37 Days truly looks and acts like Alexander?)

Nevertheless, 37 Days is a fresh take on the First World War and includes some wonderful performances. Absolutely phenomenal is Ian McDiarmid as Sir Edward Grey who truly brings realism and humanity to the production which is in places in a danger of becoming a parody because of its cartoonish cavalcade of Continental caricatures or a boring history lesson since all the scenes take place in cabinet meeting rooms. Other great performances are delivered by Bill Paterson, Sinéad Cusack, Nicholas Farrell and Tim Pigott-Smith, to name a few.


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