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At the Eleventh Hour

Jeremy Paxman describes how the country came to the very brink of defeat in the last year of the war. Grieving parents held seances to contact their dead sons, surgeons battled to rebuild the faces of the wounded, and a maverick MP tried to pin the blame for the crisis on a conspiracy of sexual deviants in government.

And then, dramatically, the tide of battle turned, and exhausted Britons found themselves weeping for joy as the armistice was signed. The nation began to count the cost of four years of war, revealing some surprising winners as well as losers.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 12 Mar 2014 00:50
BBC Two Northern Ireland only

Making the series

Making the series
"We think we know what the First World War was about: mud and death, young men needlessly slaughtered by blinkered generals, an entire generation sacrificed. That is only part of the picture, and not all of it true."

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Role Contributor
PresenterJeremy Paxman
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
Series ProducerJulian Birkett
DirectorJulian Carey

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