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Learning that Grey had advised Germany of French neutrality without the knowledge of France George V informs Wilhelm that there has been a 'misunderstanding', a statement that fuels the ... See full summary »


Justin Hardy


Mark Hayhurst


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McDiarmid ... Edward Grey
Nicholas Farrell ... Eyre Crowe
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Herbert Henry Asquith
Sinéad Cusack ... Margot Asquith
Bill Paterson ... Lord Morley
Kenneth Cranham ... John Burns
Ludger Pistor ... Bethmann-Hollweg
Rainer Sellien Rainer Sellien ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Bernhard Schütz ... Helmuth Moltke
Mark Lewis Jones ... David Lloyd George
Nicholas Asbury ... Winston Churchill
Urs Remond Urs Remond ... Prince Lichnowsky
James McArdle ... Alec
André Kaczmarczyk André Kaczmarczyk ... Jens
François-Eric Gendron ... Paul Cambon


Learning that Grey had advised Germany of French neutrality without the knowledge of France George V informs Wilhelm that there has been a 'misunderstanding', a statement that fuels the German belief in British duplicity. Hatred of socialism also makes war seem attractive and, to Jens' horror, the parliament vote for war credits. In England at another contentious cabinet meeting Grey and Asquith point out Britain's duty to upholding the Entente Cordiale supporting France in the likelihood of invasion, after which French ambassador Cambon requests a British military presence to intimidate Germany. With the news that the Germans have violated the neutrality of Belgium by using it as a corridor to attach France the British government, following an impassioned speech by Lloyd George, sees itself as having no option but to declare war on Germany. In a coda Alec and Jens, both in battle-dress, recount the terrible cost of the conflict. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


The famous line "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time", British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey said on the eve of the war never gets mentioned. See more »


Map shows Alsace-Lorraine still as French departments while they were annexed to the Reich in 1870 See more »

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12 March 2014 | by d_turner6See all my reviews

Very well written. The characters were so articulate yet they still kept their humanity. I understood completely everyone's motives. It was fascinating to someone who really knew very little about the reasons for the war. I'm afraid I probably won't remember all the names and titles but that is not the fault of Mark Hayhurst who I thought did a wonderful job. I particularly enjoyed the characters of Lord Grey, Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George but I thought the idea of having the two young foreign offices staff to narrate was moving, viewing all this with the benefit of hindsight. I realise this review is only of one part of the trilogy but the other parts were equally informative and even enjoyable which completely surprised me, taking into account the subject, the beginning of a grotesque and terrible war.

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