The Passing Bells (2014– )
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1914:- In Germany young Michael learns from his father William that events at Sarajevo could lead to full-scale war whilst in England, another teen-ager, nature-loving Tommy is also made ... See full summary »

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Brendan Maher

Writer:

Tony Jordan
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Episode credited cast:
Patrick Gibson ... Thomas
Jack Lowden ... Michael
Ben McGregor ... Kevin
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ... Kenny
Felix Auer ... Lanzo
Hubert Burton Hubert Burton ... Cyril
Alex Ferns ... David
Charles Furness Charles Furness ... Stefan
Simon Kunz ... William
Adam Long ... Anthony
Johnny Gibbon ... Rudi (2014)
Jordan Murphy ... Ben
Wilf Scolding ... Freddie
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Sabrina Bartlett ... Katie
Stanislaw Biczysko Stanislaw Biczysko ... Blue-Suited Man
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1914:- In Germany young Michael learns from his father William that events at Sarajevo could lead to full-scale war whilst in England, another teen-ager, nature-loving Tommy is also made aware of events by his father David. Both boys are anxious to join up and fight, despite their mothers' trepidation, and both lie about their age in order to enlist. Tommy and his friend Cyril are sent to Maidstone barracks, meeting other volunteers Anthony, Ben and Kevin, all eager to fight the 'Bosch' and placing bets on who will get shot first. On arrival in France and preparing to go into battle they, like their young German counterparts, soon realize the terrifying experience of war. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | War

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TV-PG
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Release Date:

3 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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The type of wide scale, interconnected trenches that are shown in the fall of 1914 did not exist until nearly two years later in 1916. During the early years of the war, battles were fought on the open field and it was not until after the Battle of the Marne that forces began to dig in and establish trenches. See more »

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Bell Town
Performed by David O'Dowda
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Really?
3 November 2014 | by hardcoretroubadorSee all my reviews

Should historical fiction at least have a basis in fact. There are so many things wrong with this one can only assume the writer developed a story and then slipped it into a period piece without doing any research. In no particular order:

1) For the British, in 1914 those that rushed to enlist were not immediately sent to France. It was the BEF's 'Old Contemptible" that fought the battles of Mons and the Marne. The Passing Bells has it that raw recruits comprised this force.

2) In the opening days of the war there was no trench warfare, it was still a time of movement on the open field. Only learning the lessons of the killing power of artillery and the machine gun during the opening battles did the trenches appear and the static war begin. The Passing Bells has the raw recruits filing into the trenches in the Autumn of 1914.

There's more but this givers the general idea. I hope the story surpasses the shortcomings in the next episodes.


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