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War Comes to Britain

Jeremy Paxman presents a four-part documentary charting how the First World War affected Great Britain, with this episode focusing on the war's early stages.

Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the dramatic early stages of the war, from stunned disbelief to the mass recruitment of volunteer soldiers.

Fear of invasion grips the country, Boy Scouts guard bridges, and spies are suspected everywhere. For the first time, British civilians are fired on by enemy ships and bombed from the air. Paxman meets a 105-year-old eyewitness to the shelling of Hartlepool, who describes how she thought the Germans had landed.

Total war has come to Britain.

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Mon 5 Nov 2018 14:45

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  • 00:21

    Edward Elgar

    Land of hope and glory

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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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jeremy Paxman
Series Producer Julian Birkett
Producer Mark Halliley

Broadcasts

  • Mon 27 Jan 2014 21:00
  • Wed 29 Jan 2014 21:00
  • Wed 19 Feb 2014 01:00
  • Tue 1 Aug 2017 12:00
  • Mon 5 Nov 2018 14:45

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