The Secret War Documentary Series Overview (1977)


The Secret War was a seven-part television series that was produced by the BBC in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum (IWM) that documented secret technical developments during the Second World War.


The secret World War II role that scientists and engineers played on each side in various rivalries of military technical innovations and countermeasures.

It first aired during 1977 and was presented by William Woollard, drawing on the first-hand recollections of participants from both sides. The principal interviewee was R.V. Jones, whose autobiography informed much of the research before its publication.


Episodes 1 to 6 were distributed on a double CD by Simply Media, licensed from BBC, titled The Secret War: The Complete Original 1977 Series.


  • The opening music was an excerpt from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
  • The closing music was by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The Secret War Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s):
    • William Woollard.
  • Director(s):
    • Fisher Dilke.
  • Producer(s):
    • Brian Johnson … series producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • BBC.
    • Imperial War Museum.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC.
  • Release Date: 05 January 1977 to 24 January 1978.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.