The World At War...free on BBC iPlayer (new episodes added each week day). Simply the most powerful and balanced documentary ever created about World War 2.
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The World At War...free on BBC iPlayer (new episodes added each week day). Simply the most powerful and balanced documentary ever created about World War 2.

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Found 21st Feb 2015
Laurence Olivier narrates the acclaimed documentary series telling the story of World War II.

"The World at War (1973–74) is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever made, costing £900,000.[1] It was produced by Jeremy Isaacs, was narrated by Laurence Olivier, and includes a score composed by Carl Davis. A book, The World at War, was written by Mark Arnold-Forster and released in 1973, to accompany the TV series.

Since production was completed, The World at War has attracted acclaim and is now regarded as a landmark in British television history.[2] The producer Jeremy Isaacs was considered ahead of his time in resurrecting studies of military history.[3] The series focused on, among other things, portrayal of the devastating human experiences of the conflict; how life and death throughout the war years affected soldiers, sailors and airmen, civilians, concentration camp inmates and the tragic victims of tyranny."

If you have never watched this, take the opportunity!

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If you cannot wait one episode per week, all 26 episodes are on Youtube.
- splender

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First episode is available for next 24 days (at time of writing, Sat 21st).
Thankfully its the original 4:3 square picture, the blu-ray and new DVD set cropped it to 16:9 widescreen.

Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way to record off iplayer do they.? ..for educational purposes of course.

Not quite as impartial as it could have been. It is a good introductory series for people who are interested in or studying 20th century history. As it's free, it's hot.

twitwoo

Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way … Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way to record off iplayer do they.? ..for educational purposes of course.



It's a doddle if you use Mac OS (don't know about Windows as I only use that for gaming).

twitwoo

Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way … Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way to record off iplayer do they.? ..for educational purposes of course.


...some people have mentioned squarepenguin.co.uk/ .....just for educational purposes of course
Edited by: "R37R0" 22nd Feb 2015

loiterer

It's a doddle if you use Mac OS (don't know about Windows as I only use … It's a doddle if you use Mac OS (don't know about Windows as I only use that for gaming).


So how do you record it on a Mac?

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R37R0

...some people have mentioned https://squarepenguin.co.uk/ .....just … ...some people have mentioned https://squarepenguin.co.uk/ .....just for educational purposes of course



Thank you.. on behalf of educational purposes;p

Plot spoiler...
Germany lose.

Best series i have ever watched .

square penguin no longer works

All five episodes appear to be free on iPlayer at the moment, and each says they are available for 24 days.

SqPenguin doesn't work with mac or win?

Is somebody able to capture/d' load the series & torrent?

After all is free to air & I pay my TV

Licence

I remember the opening scene as a child but not the content.
So I'm gonna enjoy the series now

Downloaded this recently, excellent series. The episode on Stalingrad is my favourite so far...

Great series & good to see it online. Odd though that it's on BBC iPlayer when it was an ITV series.

It's been on BBC a few times as have Thunderbirds,Stingray etc.No boundaries in TV land...



Edited by: "birnieaskew" 22nd Feb 2015

DuffRulez

SqPenguin doesn't work with mac or win?Is somebody able to capture/d' … SqPenguin doesn't work with mac or win?Is somebody able to capture/d' load the series & torrent?After all is free to air & I pay my TV



works fine with mac and win squarepenguin.co.uk/dow…ds/

Maxow

[quote=loiterer]So how do you record it on a Mac?



twitwoo points the way and these few added words should make your day... /guides/mac-os-x-quick-install-guide/

You can also hunt for OS X System Preference pane TVShows if you want more educative programmes.
Edited by: "loiterer" 22nd Feb 2015

Darrelg

Plot spoiler...Germany lose.


Dang it!
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roof30

All five episodes appear to be free on iPlayer at the moment, and each … All five episodes appear to be free on iPlayer at the moment, and each says they are available for 24 days.



They are on at 1pm each day (perfectly timed for my lunch break !). I must have seen each episode 3 or 4 times over my lifetime...but I just never grow tired of watching it.

I would like to now watch the Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust film that was suppressed for 70 or so years.
telegraph.co.uk/new…tml

Such documentaries should be compulsory viewing for EVERY school child in the UK. After watching such things, I simply can't imagine anyone finding justification to join genocidal organisations like ISIS and Boko Haram.

Thanks for posting this. Wanted to watch this!

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twitwoo

Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way … Fantastic series - the best. Don't suppose anyone knows if there's a way to record off iplayer do they.? ..for educational purposes of course.



For those wanting to download it, I used to use get_iplayer. Not sure if it is stil active as been over a year since I've used it

A truly great series . The full set of DVD's of the series were given away a few years ago . I think you had to collect some tokens and send them away . I got the full set together with a cardboard folder to put the disks in.

The Hitchcock film was never completed it wasn't supressed. It has now been completed by IWM
"Described by critics as 'an impressive and important piece of filmmaking, restored with intelligence and care by the museum', the film has been digitally restored and, with the assembly for the first time of the sixth and final reel, IWM has completed the film to the instructions laid down by the original production team in 1945"

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birnieaskew

The Hitchcock film was never completed it wasn't supressed. It has now … The Hitchcock film was never completed it wasn't supressed. It has now been completed by IWM "Described by critics as 'an impressive and important piece of filmmaking, restored with intelligence and care by the museum', the film has been digitally restored and, with the assembly for the first time of the sixth and final reel, IWM has completed the film to the instructions laid down by the original production team in 1945"



The original justification for creating the film was to provide absolute proof of the atrocities committed by Germany during WW2. Due to the scale and care taken by Hitchcock and others, the whole project took far longer than expected. The Americans therefore created their own tacky/watered down version - and used that film to 'educate' the German public. The entire raisson d'etre for the British film had therefore been removed....taking away the justification for Hitchcock et al ever completing their work.
So yes, it wasn't 'suppressed' as such; but it also wasn't actively supported after the American's had intervened. The world had moved on, and the Cold War was the priority. So, no funding = no film.

Try Annhiliaton on yesterday the holocaust should be mandatory for all kids in school

the episode Red Star is great as it really explains the sacrifice of the soviets

How balanced is it? I really enjoyed the Oliver Stone's Showtime documentary series on Americas involvement in the war and how Russia were the true company who defeated Germany.

R37R0

...some people have mentioned https://squarepenguin.co.uk/ .....just … ...some people have mentioned https://squarepenguin.co.uk/ .....just for educational purposes of course


Thanks for the 'educational' program

twitwoo

CommentThank you.. on behalf of educational purposes;p



Hahahahahaha .. I THINKS me missed some 'Educational' Classes at Skool for real ..... hahahahaha lool. :-)

Thanx lol.

loiterer

It's a doddle if you use Mac OS (don't know about Windows as I only use … It's a doddle if you use Mac OS (don't know about Windows as I only use that for gaming).



Interesting?, but you have it back to front? .. as its well known that Apple MAC's are 'KING' when it comes to ANY 'GRAPHICALLY' related ANYTHING?! .. Making Games .. Playing Games .. Photo Editting .. Video Editting .. DTP .. & ..... every damnnnnnn thang?!, so ..... hahahahahahah.

And a PC for everythingthing else?, lool. :-)

But good on you still?. :-)

benhaze

CommentFor those wanting to download it, I used to use get_iplayer. Not … CommentFor those wanting to download it, I used to use get_iplayer. Not sure if it is stil active as been over a year since I've used it



Thanx too lool. :-)

Maxow

So how do you record it on a Mac?



Ditto that too. :-)

Another hidden BBC agenda, with the election looming at home and elsewhere and possible strong voices on fragmentation of EU, this seems to add some subliminal effect on our voting habit, "The World at War" a cautionary tale.

This just totally ruined my plans to rewatch all the episodes of Game of Thrones before the new season..

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splender

Another hidden BBC agenda, with the election looming at home and … Another hidden BBC agenda, with the election looming at home and elsewhere and possible strong voices on fragmentation of EU, this seems to add some subliminal effect on our voting habit, "The World at War" a cautionary tale.



What a ridiculous comment. Like, seriously ridiculous.
In case it had completely skipped your mind, this is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2! Playing the World at War at 1pm on a weekday is hardly an effort to try and sway the electorate!!!!
More to the point though, if more people did educate themselves about the fragility of peace, and the wastefulness of war, we perhaps wouldn't find ourselves constantly engaged in warfare.
I for one hope we never leave the EU. Britain and France did a disgracefully poor job of protecting Poland in World War 2 - despite having a pact to protect them. The EU on the other hand has done a much better job of protecting its citizens from war.
Don't ever underestimate the value of peace.

wenttoabetterplace

What a ridiculous comment. Like, seriously ridiculous.In case it had … What a ridiculous comment. Like, seriously ridiculous.In case it had completely skipped your mind, this is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2! Playing the World at War at 1pm on a weekday is hardly an effort to try and sway the electorate!!!!More to the point though, if more people did educate themselves about the fragility of peace, and the wastefulness of war, we perhaps wouldn't find ourselves constantly engaged in warfare.I for one hope we never leave the EU. Britain and France did a disgracefully poor job of protecting Poland in World War 2 - despite having a pact to protect them. The EU on the other hand has done a much better job of protecting its citizens from war. Don't ever underestimate the value of peace.


You have hit the nail on the head, say what you wrote is right, with the vast tax payers, money, called TV licence fee, one would have thought it is not beyond the wit of man for a 70th anniversary to celebrate Europe without mentioning the war again, of course there are new BBC programmes about the war already. Moreover, there had been decade year celebration about the war, 10th, 20th, 30th, 50th, 60th..surely that's enough of BBC repeats for our licence fee. Nevertheless I had seen this series in the long distance past where British mentality was very different to how it is today, so it is well worth a revision off the BBCiplayer. A truly better new series for our licence fee that's fair would be done by program production companies around the world not brought up with an American or British heritage , with no political agenda and biase, etc.. It would be good to review the war again with fresh eyes, not a la BBC repeats like "On the Buses", to show how people behaved once on our buses in the '60s, though a comedy, it is nevertheless the same as historical values to appreciate today.

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splender

You have hit the nail on the head, say what you wrote is right, with the … You have hit the nail on the head, say what you wrote is right, with the vast tax payers, money, called TV licence fee, one would have thought it is not beyond the wit of man for a 70th anniversary to celebrate Europe without mentioning the war again, of course there are new BBC programmes about the war already. Moreover, there had been decade year celebration about the war, 10th, 20th, 30th, 50th, 60th..surely that's enough of BBC repeats for our licence fee. Nevertheless I had seen this series in the long distance past where British mentality was very different to how it is today, so it is well worth a revision off the BBCiplayer. A truly better new series for our licence fee that's fair would be done by program production companies around the world not brought up with an American or British heritage , with no political agenda and biase, etc.. It would be good to review the war again with fresh eyes, not a la BBC repeats like "On the Buses", to show how people behaved once on our buses in the '60s, though a comedy, it is nevertheless the same as historical values to appreciate today.



I'm sure you're not thinking straight!!
The World at War was widely regarded as one of the most accurate and balanced accounts of World War 2. Remember, this was made at the height of the Cold War, yet gives full recognition of the pivotal role played by the Russians in beating Germany.
It took years to make, and managed to garner interviews from some of the most influential people of World War 2 (Karl Donitz, leader of the Wolf Packs; Mountbatton of Burma fame; Albert Speer, the wizard who managed to increase German armaments production despite the onslaught of the USAF/RAF). The sands of time have taken away most of the people who lived through WW2. So the series you are advocating will be a third hand interpretation of previous interviews and of the events that happened 70 years ago....
You clearly advocate an effective use of taxpayer money. So try this for size. Rather than make another 26 part epic, how about just stick with the one that is already so powerful and so effective?!

Since you watched the series in the distant past, I would implore you to watch it again before making such comments. I am sure once you have revisited the whole series, you won't be clamouring for the BBC to re-invent the wheel. The World at War did it right first time around.


By the way, showing such things from history helps vindicate the Europe we have today. A continent that has remained safe and peaceful for more than 70 years. Prior to the European Union, we had 2 major World Wars in the space of 30 years!
As I said before, don't underestimate the value of peace.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 23rd Feb 2015

wenttoabetterplace

I'm sure you're not thinking straight!!The World at War was widely … I'm sure you're not thinking straight!!The World at War was widely regarded as one of the most accurate and balanced accounts of World War 2. Remember, this was made at the height of the Cold War, yet gives full recognition of the pivotal role played by the Russians in beating Germany.It took years to make, and managed to garner interviews from some of the most influential people of World War 2 (Karl Donitz, leader of the Wolf Packs; Mountbatton of Burma fame; Albert Speer, the wizard who managed to increase German armaments production despite the onslaught of the USAF/RAF). The sands of time have taken away most of the people who lived through WW2. So the series you are advocating will be a third hand interpretation of previous interviews and of the events that happened 70 years ago....You clearly advocate an effective use of taxpayer money. So try this for size. Rather than make another 26 part epic, how about just stick with the one that is already so powerful and so effective?!Since you watched the series in the distant past, I would implore you to watch it again before making such comments. I am sure once you have revisited the whole series, you won't be clamouring for the BBC to re-invent the wheel. The World at War did it right first time around.By the way, showing such things from history helps vindicate the Europe we have today. A continent that has remained safe and peaceful for more than 70 years. Prior to the European Union, we had 2 major World Wars in the space of 30 years!As I said before, don't underestimate the value of peace.


Ask 10 persons you will get 10 straight views different from yours. It is not the most accurate and balanced view, it may very well be to the people with allies institutional views but for example, in your list of names, there were no views from Chief of staffs and leading world experts from the Russians e.g. Stalin, Chinese, e.g. Chou En Lai , Taiwanese Chang Kai Shek, Indian subcontinent, the Arabs.....this is a "World at War", first and foremost of there are world views from other leading countries, OK this could be forgiven as back on 60's, 70's, the views in Britains were different like they are today e.g. Jim will Fix it, Top of the Pops, Love Thy Neighbour, The Good Life, Monty Python....

Edited by: "splender" 23rd Feb 2015

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splender

Ask 10 persons you will get 10 straight views different from yours. It is … Ask 10 persons you will get 10 straight views different from yours. It is not the most accurate and balanced view, it may very well be to the people with allies institutional views but for example, in your list of names, there were no views from Chief of staffs and leading world experts from the Russians e.g. Stalin, Chinese, e.g. Chou En Lai , Taiwanese Chang Kai Shek, Indian subcontinent, the Arabs.....



The war in the Pacific and Asia was of little importance to the outcome of World War 2 ---- aside from bringing the US into the war. So it stands to reason that the program makers wouldn't focus as heavily on talking about that aspect of the war. Nevertheless, the account they did give tallies remarkably closely with the books I have read.

The war was won and lost in Europe, the Atlantic & Russia. Japan's forays were just a huge error of judgement. From the very beginning, they were always destined to lose (I mean honestly, why would a country as vulnerable as Japan make such a strategic error as to awaken America from its slumber).

Remember also that the program makers would not have had access to Russian or Chinese war figures given the political situation of the 1970's. So it is of little surprise that they didn't interview many people from such countries. There are dozens of interviews with Japanese people, and from others all across SE Asia. So it seems harsh to criticise this series for not being able to access war figures who were behind the cloak of their regimes.

More to the point though - in those spheres where the war was won and lost, the World at War account is largely the same as later works such as Barbarossa by Alan Clark, and Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor. Given how old the series is, I still find it amazing that it remains so relevant, and is so factually accurate. Credit to Jeremy Isaacs for approaching the whole thing as a neutral, and as an academic.
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