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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2014  
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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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English

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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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1.78 : 1
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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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Fascinating!
5 July 2014 | by rawiri42See all my reviews

Having read some of the other reviews on "37 Days" I am not sure whether it is a great series about historical facts or a great series about historical events as seen from the ultimate winners' point of view. Suffice to say, it is a great entertainment if you like that sort of genre.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it (but then it is my sort of movie) as I enjoyed "Elizabeth, The Golden Age" and "The Other Boleyn Girl" although I honestly have very little idea as to the historical accuracy of any of them. Having so said, one has to presume that SOME historical accuracy had to be present otherwise the whole thing would have been nothing more than a fantasy movie about a fictional war (or, to be more correct, the events leading up to one) and that, it clearly wasn't.

I suppose the reason that I like this type of movie is because it has (at least, some) bearing on how the world got to be where it is today and, to that end, I'm sure that "37 Days" has sufficient accuracy to preclude it from being a parody. Other reviewers have commented, for example, on the inaccuracy of the portrayal of Czar Nicholas and, whilst I have no doubt that they write from a much better knowledge of the facts than I possess, it doesn't make the story as presented any less entertaining. Which raises the question, "Is this a film loosely based on historical events or is it a documentary?" and the answer to that makes all the difference in the world on how you view it.

I have rated the "37 Days" trilogy much the same as I rated Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy which is on entertainment value and, in turn, makes me wonder how much relevance historical accuracy and artists' license have on rating entertainment value. To put that another way, when portraying events that actually happened, should historical accuracy be an essential facet? Because "37 Days" occurred much more recently in a time when journalistic reporting was far better developed and records much more prolific than a few hundred years earlier writers and directors have many, many more "facts" that they can draw upon than they had, for example, when making "Braveheart" or "Troy" so that history buffs (who also have those records) are able to vilify them for every little inaccuracy. That is sad because, in the end, unless they ARE documentaries, movies are made for entertainment and caricaturisation of characters simply adds to that entertainment. If they are caricatured to the point of absurdity, then the movie is a comedy or even a farce (a genre that I sadly note IMDb still doesn't have) and the entertainment value takes on a somewhat different complexion - but it's still entertainment!

Perhaps, by way of illustrating the point, another much-loved BBC TV series, "Heartbeat" - which is all fiction based around a historically factual police force set in Yorkshire in the early 1960s - often shows scenes that include railway trains. Those scenes are filmed at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which is an enthusiast-run heritage steam railway where locomotives that never ran anywhere near Yorkshire are preserved in working order. So, because I happen to be a railway enthusiast, I COULD bemoan the absolutely prototypical inaccuracy of a Southern Railway S15 class steam engine pulling into Aidensfield station but what would be the point? Rather, I joyfully thank the enthusiasts who made the shooting of such scenes possible at all!

So, whilst I thank all those other reviewers who have educated me, fortunately, that education hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of "37 Days" one bit! I hope it will be available on DVD soon> I'll buy it.

On the story line, the only puzzling aspect for me was why on earth Britain felt any compunction to support France - a nation that had been a traditional enemy of theirs for centuries. I seemed to me that, had Britain simply acted as an observer, Germany wouldn't have had any reason to attack them as the disagreements were all continental. Also, it was really great that the story ended before America got involved and we were subjected to all the "swagger" that would have been associated with that!


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