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Episode 5: Churchill: Fallen Hero

Summary

It is 1945, and Winston Churchill has led Britain to the brink of victory, but he is determined to carry on as prime minister and calls a general election. He fully expects voters to give him another five years in Number 10, but he is in for a shock. Once the election is called the tide begins to turn, and Churchill struggles on the campaign trail.
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Review

It was one of the greatest upsets in British political history and the kind of twist that, had it been a drama, we’d have described as being too far-fetched. I refer, of course, to the 1945 general election campaign, which saw the public decide that, despite his success as a man of war, Winston wasn’t their choice for leader of the peace.

The reasons why are revealed in this well-researched account of the period that takes in an ill-judged speech in which the PM likened Labour to the Gestapo and footage of an uncomfortable rally in Walthamstow in east London punctuated by heckling and booing. 

Side-by-side photographs from the start and end of the Second World War also highlight the toll the conflict had taken on him as a man. The familiar props of cigar, pocket watch and homburg may all still have been there in the aftermath of VE Day, but there’s no denying how frayed, Victorian and vulnerable Churchill looks as a country hungry for change prepares to turf him out of Number Ten. 

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DirectorChris Durlacher
DirectorStephanie Seabrook
Executive producerNathaniel Lippiett
ProducerChris Durlacher
ProducerStephanie Seabrook
Series producerChris Durlacher

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  • Episode 5

    Churchill: Fallen Hero

    Summary

    It is 1945, and Winston Churchill has led Britain to the brink of victory, but he is determined to carry on as prime minister and calls a general election. He fully expects voters to give him another five years in Number 10, but he is in for a shock. Once the election is called the tide begins to turn, and Churchill struggles on the campaign trail.
    Recommended

    Review

    It was one of the greatest upsets in British political history and the kind of twist that, had it been a drama, we’d have described as being too far-fetched. I refer, of course, to the 1945 general election campaign, which saw the public decide that, despite his success as a man of war, Winston wasn’t their choice for leader of the peace.

    The reasons why are revealed in this well-researched account of the period that takes in an ill-judged speech in which the PM likened Labour to the Gestapo and footage of an uncomfortable rally in Walthamstow in east London punctuated by heckling and booing. 

    Side-by-side photographs from the start and end of the Second World War also highlight the toll the conflict had taken on him as a man. The familiar props of cigar, pocket watch and homburg may all still have been there in the aftermath of VE Day, but there’s no denying how frayed, Victorian and vulnerable Churchill looks as a country hungry for change prepares to turf him out of Number Ten. 

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorChris Durlacher
    DirectorStephanie Seabrook
    Executive producerNathaniel Lippiett
    ProducerChris Durlacher
    ProducerStephanie Seabrook
    Series producerChris Durlacher
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