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The Passing Bells 

An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.
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Series cast summary:
Patrick Gibson ...  Thomas 5 episodes, 2014
Jack Lowden ...  Michael 5 episodes, 2014
Ben McGregor ...  Kevin 5 episodes, 2014
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  Kenny 5 episodes, 2014
Felix Auer ...  Lanzo 5 episodes, 2014
Adam Long ...  Anthony 5 episodes, 2014
Wilf Scolding ...  Freddie 5 episodes, 2014
Charles Furness Charles Furness ...  Stefan 5 episodes, 2014
Simon Kunz ...  William 5 episodes, 2014
Johnny Gibbon ...  Rudi (2014) 5 episodes, 2014
Jordan Murphy ...  Ben 5 episodes, 2014
Hubert Burton Hubert Burton ...  Cyril 5 episodes, 2014
Sabrina Bartlett ...  Katie 5 episodes, 2014
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ...  Annie 5 episodes, 2014
Jennifer Hennessy ...  Susan 5 episodes, 2014
Erika Kaar ...  Joanna (2014) 4 episodes, 2014
Alex Ferns ...  David 3 episodes, 2014
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Derek 3 episodes, 2014
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An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.

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Drama | War

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UK | Poland

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English

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3 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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The Passing Bells See more »

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Red Planet Pictures See more »
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Bland and superficial
12 October 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Bland and superficial.

This drama series looks at World War 1 from the perspective of a few British and German soldiers and civilians - the fighting, the effects on families and relationships, the home front. Covers the entire duration of the war (1914-18).

Had the potential to be a WW1 version of Band of Brothers, but falls very far short. Not engaging at all - you don't know much about the characters. Character development is quite superficial. As a result you don't get that feeling of camaraderie that was so essential to Band of Brothers.

Plot development - the series just lurches from one scene to another. There is very attempt to link the series to actual historic events or create a sense of historic relevance or accuracy.

Not very realistic in its battle scenes either. Certainly nothing like the terrors and mass casualties that actually occurred in the trench warfare of WW1.

For a much better, grittier and far more realistic portrayal of WW1 from a soldier's perspective watch the mini-series "ANZACs" (1985) instead.


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