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The Great War: The People's Story

  • Episode: 

    3 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 24 Aug 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 35 2014 : Sat 23 Aug - Fri 29 Aug
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The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4x60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios]. 
With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities.  They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters. 
These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings, offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever.  Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people…  made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.   
Episode three
This episode shifts its focus to a changing Britain, and the lives of those left behind at home.  Claire Foy plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union.  Brian Cox plays the country vicar Andrew Clark, whose wry and funny diary is marked by increasing sadness as more and more men leave his village for war, never to return.  The fighting is entering its darkest phase – with all hopes for a quick end dashed – but still  life and love goes on…  Emily Chitticks (Amy Morgan) is a servant girl whose fallen in love with Will Martin (James Norton), a soldier at a local barracks.  But soon the call will come for him to go to France too…
Rev. Andrew Clark - Brian Cox
Helen Bentwich - Claire Foy
Emily Chitticks - Amy Morgan
Will Martin - James Norton
Hallie Miles - Alison Steadman