The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Series 1 - Episode 1



Vietnam had a great soundtrack. Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Wagner, they’re all inextricably linked with a conflict that has been movified in the public imagination. We no longer think of Vietnam, we think of Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and Forrest Gump.

This documentary takes things back to the basics, charting how Vietnam turned from a country of competing cultures to a colonial conflict, to a war where “escalation” was the watchword, and logic and proportion fell dead.

It’s a straightforward introduction to a complex subject, but even history buffs can benefit from going over the facts again. Remember what the dormouse said: feed your head.


An insight into the conflict, from the rise of Ho Chi Minh and the formation of the Vietcong, to the attack in the Gulf of Tonkin that led to America's involvement.