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The Blitz: Britain on Fire

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Episode 1: The Blitz: Britain on Fire

Summary

Michael Buerk, Angellica Bell and Rob Bell tell the story of eight days in May 1941, when Britain, and Liverpool in particular, was subjected to intense bombardment. They focus on Margaret Johnson, a mother of six who had been bombed out of one home, and Mary Lawson, a promising film star in 1940s Britain. Plus, a look at Churchill's morale-boosting tour of bombed Britain.
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Review

There’s an almost cinematic quality to this retelling of the onslaught on Liverpool by German bombers in early May 1941. By focusing on individual stories unfolding in homes, ships and hospitals, the programme – the first of a three-part series running until Wednesday – manages to breathe life into familiar history.

We get a sense of the scale of the attacks, intent on both crippling a key port and demoralising the populace. We meet a merchant navy captain sitting in the docks as his ship is loaded up with explosives, a hospital matron setting an example to her staff, and a film star, Mary Lawson, whose romantic getaway was not going well.

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PresenterMichael Buerk
PresenterAngellica Bell
PresenterRob Bell

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DirectorJoseph Cunningham
Executive producerFred Hepburn
Executive producerDavid Dugan
ProducerJoseph Cunningham

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  • Episode 1

    The Blitz: Britain on Fire

    Summary

    Michael Buerk, Angellica Bell and Rob Bell tell the story of eight days in May 1941, when Britain, and Liverpool in particular, was subjected to intense bombardment. They focus on Margaret Johnson, a mother of six who had been bombed out of one home, and Mary Lawson, a promising film star in 1940s Britain. Plus, a look at Churchill's morale-boosting tour of bombed Britain.
    Recommended

    Review

    There’s an almost cinematic quality to this retelling of the onslaught on Liverpool by German bombers in early May 1941. By focusing on individual stories unfolding in homes, ships and hospitals, the programme – the first of a three-part series running until Wednesday – manages to breathe life into familiar history.

    We get a sense of the scale of the attacks, intent on both crippling a key port and demoralising the populace. We meet a merchant navy captain sitting in the docks as his ship is loaded up with explosives, a hospital matron setting an example to her staff, and a film star, Mary Lawson, whose romantic getaway was not going well.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Buerk
    PresenterAngellica Bell
    PresenterRob Bell

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJoseph Cunningham
    Executive producerFred Hepburn
    Executive producerDavid Dugan
    ProducerJoseph Cunningham
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