A TV mini-series that unveils the behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I.
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Ian McDiarmid ...  Edward Grey 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Farrell ...  Eyre Crowe 3 episodes, 2014
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Herbert Henry Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Sinéad Cusack ...  Margot Asquith 3 episodes, 2014
Bill Paterson ...  Lord Morley 3 episodes, 2014
Kenneth Cranham ...  John Burns 3 episodes, 2014
Ludger Pistor ...  Bethmann-Hollweg 3 episodes, 2014
Rainer Sellien ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II 3 episodes, 2014
Bernhard Schütz ...  Helmuth Moltke 3 episodes, 2014
Mark Lewis Jones ...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Asbury ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 2014
Urs Remond Urs Remond ...  Prince Lichnowsky 3 episodes, 2014
James McArdle ...  Alec 3 episodes, 2014
André Kaczmarczyk André Kaczmarczyk ...  Jens 3 episodes, 2014
Holger Kunkel Holger Kunkel ...  Falkenhayn 3 episodes, 2014
Stephan Szasz Stephan Szasz ...  Jagow 3 episodes, 2014
Kate Ambler Kate Ambler ...  Muriel 3 episodes, 2014
Roman Beguns Roman Beguns ...  Russian Secretary 3 episodes, 2014
François-Eric Gendron François-Eric Gendron ...  Paul Cambon 2 episodes, 2014
Niall Cusack Niall Cusack ...  Benckendorff 2 episodes, 2014
George Lenz ...  Mensdorff 2 episodes, 2014
Christopher Kelly ...  Gavrilo Princip 2 episodes, 2014
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Three episodes of a docudrama that present the background to the First World War, since the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declarations of war of various contenders. That means the thirty seven days elapsed between 28 June and 4 August 1914. The scenarios are the Foreign Office, the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose secretary was Sir Edward Grey series, and the German Chancellery in Berlin, so that the action is narrated by two young clerks who, after thirty-seven days, enlist in the armed forces . The miniseries is a mixture of drama and documentary, its tone is somewhat aseptically dry in which many details are simplified, but it highlights some aspects in order to answer the question that the viewer makes constantly: how we go from peace to war in just over a month? Though the series lop sides at a very British viewpoint and can't help to look at characters often caricatured, as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the ... Written by bobbuckingham

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5 March 2014 (UK) See more »

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37 Days See more »

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Hardy Pictures See more »
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The music received an RTS nomination for Andrew Simon McAllister. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.45 (2014) See more »

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Interesting but flawed account of the days leading up to WW1
23 March 2014 | by marklvSee all my reviews

The main reason behind this mini-series was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, so this programme certainly had an educational purpose behind it. Unfortunately, the only saving grace of this rather clumsy attempt to tell the story was the brilliant performance of Ian McDiarmid, who despite being far too old to play Sir Edward Grey, was astonishingly convincing in the role. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the continental characters were very poorly played, with some over the top hysterics from Kaiser Wilhelm and Von Moltke in particular -shouting and gesticulations taking the place of cogent discussion. The actors playing the Kaiser and the Tsar, in particular, looked nothing like the genuine individuals, and tried to make up for it with poor acting. There was also very little from the Austro-Hungarians, other than their ambassador coming up with poor excuses whilst being reprimanded like a naughty schoolboy by Sir Edward. The other continental characters conformed very much to national stereotypes. Finally, three hours did seem rather too much to explain the events - a single, edited two hour programme would have been much better. The first two episodes contained some periods of rather unnecessary tedium, only redeemed by the third one.


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