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The Passing Bells 

An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.
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Series cast summary:
Patrick Gibson ...  Thomas 5 episodes, 2014
Jack Lowden ...  Michael 5 episodes, 2014
Ben McGregor ...  Kevin 5 episodes, 2014
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  Kenny 5 episodes, 2014
Felix Auer ...  Lanzo 5 episodes, 2014
Adam Long ...  Anthony 5 episodes, 2014
Wilf Scolding ...  Freddie 5 episodes, 2014
Charles Furness Charles Furness ...  Stefan 5 episodes, 2014
Simon Kunz ...  William 5 episodes, 2014
Johnny Gibbon ...  Rudi (2014) 5 episodes, 2014
Jordan Murphy ...  Ben 5 episodes, 2014
Hubert Burton Hubert Burton ...  Cyril 5 episodes, 2014
Sabrina Bartlett ...  Katie 5 episodes, 2014
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ...  Annie 5 episodes, 2014
Jennifer Hennessy ...  Susan 5 episodes, 2014
Erika Kaar ...  Joanna (2014) 4 episodes, 2014
Alex Ferns ...  David 3 episodes, 2014
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Derek 3 episodes, 2014


An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.

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3 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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Well acted and puts its point across
10 November 2014 | by Caz1964See all my reviews

I thought this was a good drama and am a little bit baffled as to why some people needed to see blood and guts to be entertained or convinced.Anyone who has studied or read about the history of WW1 would already understand about the horrors of trench life and going over the top into battle.The viewer doesn't need to be hit over the head with blood and gory details we can leave that to the imagination and besides too much graphic details would only detract away from the dialogue of this drama as this story relies mainly on its script of what the soldiers are saying{their thoughts aloud}and thinking.And i think it was awesome. Of course there is a lot we are not shown such as the grounds in the trenches were always muddy and fall of rats and body parts from dead soldiers used to prop or hang things from etc the list is endless of how things really were but then WW1 was always censored our government kept quiet for decades until the 1980s about the amount of soldiers whose bodies were still being found by farmers in France and Belgium,sometimes as many as a hundred a year.And also so many people were totally unaware of how many of our soldiers were cruelly shot at dawn or if they had even knew in the first place. I thought this was a nice tribute to the men who served and put the point across that it was the war that was evil and not the men who served.I think this drama is good for educating the younger generation who might not know much about WW1 as it portrays how misled the men back then were and how underage boys got sucked in on having to do their bit.Very tragic and its what this drama does well. The film Oh What A Lovely War was a British musical about WW1 this also didn't show blood and guts as everything was said in the dialogue in what the actors were saying.Passing Bells has used the same idea.

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