Tony Robinson's World War One

Tony Robinson's World War One

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Tony Robinson, Baldrick from Blackadder Goes Forth, returns to the trenches. A solid history of the conflict, the programme is centred around 3D photographs taken on the battlefield. Yet in a quirk of technology audiences in the early 20th century were better able to appreciate these images (on ‘Kaiser-panorama’ machines) than those in the early 21st. With modern 3D televisions on the wane, the production team makes do with zooming in and out to simulate depth.

It doesn’t quite work, but then it’s not really necessary. It’s such an endlessly fascinating and important period that you are sure to learn something new. For instance, did you know British army regulations required every capable soldier to grow a moustache? They may not be 3D, but they were certainly impressive.

Summary

The presenter - whose grandfather enlisted in the First World War - gains an unparalleled perspective of the Great War from 3D photographs which have never been broadcast before.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Documentary History