World War One: The People's Story DVD

2 Disc DVD

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Through original diaries, letters, and memoirs, this unforgettable documentary tells how the lives of regular British men and women were transformed by the Great War. Life and love may go on but never again as they did before. Few could imagine the horrors ahead: hundreds of thousands would never return, and those who did would carry physical, emotional, psychological wounds that would change their lives forever.

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  • Length: 192 minutes on 2 Discs
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 4
  • Country of Origin: China


  • Along with historical footage, an outstanding cast of actors reenact first-hand accounts uncovered from attics, archives, and libraries across Britain. Performers include Daniel Mays (Ashes to Ashes), Matthew McNulty (The Paradise), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Romola Garai (Emma), Alison Steadman (Pride & Prejudice), and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy). Narrated by Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), this four-part series recreates the extraordinary stories of ordinary people, told in their own words.

    Disc 1
    EPISODE 1: Episode 1: Reg, Alan, James, and Dorothy
    Private Reg Evans sails for France with his regiment, while newlywed Alan Lloyd awaits his orders, and James Butlin prepares to put Oxford University behind him in the service of his country. Determined to be a war correspondent, 19-year-old Dorothy Lawrence heads for the front, first posing as a tourist and then as a soldier with forged identity papers that risk her arrest as a spy.

    EPISODE 2: Hallie, Kate, Reg, and Alan
    Shipped back to a hospital in Britain, Reg is required to show a new kind of courage, while Alan joins thousands of British soldiers for the "big push" at the Somme. Back home, Britons are coming face-to-face with the realities of the war. Hallie Miles tries to keep running her London restaurant, and Kate Frye organizes fellow suffragists to make uniforms for the army.

    Disc 2
    EPISODE 3: Helen, Andrew, Hallie, Emily, and Will
    In rural Essex, Reverend Andrew Clark sees firsthand Germany's terrifying new weapon of war--and household servant Emily Chitticks sees letters to her soldier sweetheart return unopened. Keen to share in the "excitement" of the war, socialite Helen Bentwich takes a job at the Woolwich Arsenal, where she is appalled at the conditions endured by munitions workers and decides to do something about it.

    EPISODE 4: Arthur, Helen, Diana, Duff, and Ted
    The government recruits more and more men into the military--like Glasgow shipyard worker Arthur Roberts, diplomat Duff Cooper, and 18-year-old Londoner Ted Poole, whose older brother is already among the Flanders dead. Women step up to take jobs previously done by men, including new farmhand Helen and, contrary to the wishes of her upper-class family, volunteer nurse Lady Diana Manners.