The Last Voices of World War I Documentary Series Overview (2008)


Introduction

A fitting and deeply moving tribute to the experience and service of those who fought in World War 1.

Outline

The Last Voices of World War 1 is a six-part series screened on The History Channel in the UK from 9 November 2008 to 14 December 2008 with a repeat during the week. Its initial episode was screened on Remembrance Sunday 2008. The series was made by Testimony Films.

Filmed over ten years, this landmark series draws on a unique collection of filmed interviews with veterans who experienced the most traumatic war in human history.

The men, women and children of 1914 to 1918 relive all the heroism and heartbreak of the most dramatic years of their lives.

Their stories are vividly illustrated throughout with original archive, personal photographs and high quality dramatisation that serve as a timeless reminder of the cost of war.

The show features interviews shot by Steve Humphries and Richard van Emden in the early 1990s with many of the then surviving veterans who were, at that stage, well into their 90s. All of these veterans have subsequently died.

Harry Patch appeared in episodes 4 and 6 (died in 2009 aged 111), Henry Allingham appeared in episode 4 (died in 2009 aged 113). George Littlefair of the Durham Light Infantry appeared in episode 1.

Trivia

  • The series was narrated by the actress Nimmy March.
  • The series was screened by Channel 4 in the UK daily from 02 November 2009.
  • The music for this series is called “Passage of Time” and was written by Terry Devine-King.

The Last Voices of World War I Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Nick Maddocks.
  • Producer(s):
    • Steve Humphries.
    • Richard van Emden.
  • Production:
    • Testimony Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • History Channel (US).
    • Channel 4 (UK).
  • Release Date: 09 November 2008 to 14 December 2008.
  • Running Time: 6 x 45 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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