A TV mini-series that unveils the behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I.
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Series cast summary:
Ian McDiarmid ...  Edward Grey 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Farrell ...  Eyre Crowe 3 episodes, 2014
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Herbert Henry Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Sinéad Cusack ...  Margot Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Bill Paterson ...  Lord Morley 3 episodes, 2014
Kenneth Cranham ...  John Burns 3 episodes, 2014
Ludger Pistor ...  Bethmann-Hollweg 3 episodes, 2014
Rainer Sellien Rainer Sellien ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II 3 episodes, 2014
Bernhard Schütz ...  Helmuth Moltke 3 episodes, 2014
Mark Lewis Jones ...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Asbury ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 2014
Urs Remond Urs Remond ...  Prince Lichnowsky 3 episodes, 2014
James McArdle ...  Alec 3 episodes, 2014
André Kaczmarczyk André Kaczmarczyk ...  Jens 3 episodes, 2014
Holger Kunkel Holger Kunkel ...  Falkenhayn 3 episodes, 2014
Stephan Szasz Stephan Szasz ...  Jagow 3 episodes, 2014
Kate Ambler Kate Ambler ...  Muriel 3 episodes, 2014
Roman Beguns Roman Beguns ...  Russian Secretary 3 episodes, 2014
François-Eric Gendron François-Eric Gendron ...  Paul Cambon 2 episodes, 2014
Niall Cusack Niall Cusack ...  Benckendorff 2 episodes, 2014
George Lenz ...  Mensdorff 2 episodes, 2014
Christopher Kelly ...  Gavrilo Princip 2 episodes, 2014
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Three episodes of a docudrama that present the background to the First World War, since the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declarations of war of various contenders. That means the thirty seven days elapsed between 28 June and 4 August 1914. The scenarios are the Foreign Office, the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose secretary was Sir Edward Grey series, and the German Chancellery in Berlin, so that the action is narrated by two young clerks who, after thirty-seven days, enlist in the armed forces . The miniseries is a mixture of drama and documentary, its tone is somewhat aseptically dry in which many details are simplified, but it highlights some aspects in order to answer the question that the viewer makes constantly: how we go from peace to war in just over a month? Though the series lop sides at a very British viewpoint and can't help to look at characters often caricatured, as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the ... Written by bobbuckingham

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5 March 2014 (UK) See more »

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37 Days See more »

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Excellent Historical Drama
9 March 2014 | by PeadlesSee all my reviews

I am not clued in enough to say, with certainty, this BBC drama was impartial - but given how i suppose it could have gone, i think it was close enough. Even if you don't agree, you cannot fault the acting and the direction of this mini series.

Loosely told from the perspective of two foreign office clerks - one German, one British - depicts the many sad, unfortunate and ironic events in the 37 days leading to the deaths of ten million men and women around the globe during WW1.

I am of a generation of kids whose history lessons saw WW1 being completely overshadowed in favour of WW2 - so for me this was particularly interesting. It could have been poorly acted, badly directed and cheap to make and I would still have found it interesting. That it was none of those things was a great bonus! It was obvious from the outset that while they were speaking in English, the German actors were German, the Russian actors Russian and so on. Which added some authenticity to the whole thing (I am a stickler for accents!).

If you want 3 hours of world history and a good account of the bumbling old gits that ran Germany and Great Britain at the time - give this a go :)


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