22 user

The Great War 

One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »






Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I.

Stars: Jonathan Lewis, Voja Tankosic, Archduke Franz Ferdinand
The Great War (TV Series 2014)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

The events of World War One are followed week by week as occurred 100 years ago.

Stars: Indy Neidell
Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Colorized historical footage in ascending order of World War 1. Not only the relatively known Flanders and France battles, but also the generally unknown Italian-Austrian, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, François Arnaud, Ferdinand Foch
APOCALYPSE the Battle of Verdun (TV Mini-Series 2016)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A gripping and shocking documentary composed of numerous colorized archive footage. Apocalypse: Verdun takes us to the infamous and bloody battle of Verdun that occurred in February 1916, when World War I had been raging for two years.

APOCALYPSE Stalin (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The rise of Stalin, from his early beginning as a bankrobber to the cold-blooded leader of the Soviet Union.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand
World War 1 in Colour (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary using computer colorized footage from World War I to give the audience the feel of how it really looked back during the war.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Arthur Barraclough, Arthur Halestrap
Cold War (1998)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara
Civilisation (TV Series 1969)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin
The Ascent of Man (TV Mini-Series 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice
Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Chronicles Hitler's life as a failed painter and far-right activist up to his election as Chancellor of Germany, leading to his relentless rise to power, culminating in the beginning of World War II.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand
The Great War (2019)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During the last days of the Great War, A group of U.S. soldiers are sent behind enemy lines to rescue a lost platoon.

Director: Steven Luke
Stars: Ron Perlman, Billy Zane, Bates Wilder
World War I (TV Series 2014)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The year 2014 marks the centenary of the start of one of the most devastating wars in human history, which claimed the lives of ten million soldiers and over twenty million civilians, ... See full summary »



Series cast summary:
Michael Redgrave ...  Himself - Narrator 26 episodes, 1964
Ralph Richardson ...  Douglas Haig 26 episodes, 1964
Emlyn Williams ...  Lloyd George 26 episodes, 1964
Marius Goring ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964
Cyril Luckham ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964
Sebastian Shaw ...  Various 26 episodes, 1964


One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. Concentrated by the commentaries by Michael Redgrave, and some of the finest male actors of the twentieth century. Still manages to be breathtaking despite the lack of special effects or modern gimmicks. Written by Nick Gunning

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Documentary | War







Release Date:

30 May 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great War See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(per episode, approximately, x 26 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The people who were interviewed for the series had to thoroughly rehearse their testimonies, because the interviews were recorded on expensive 35mm film stock, which had to be used in minimal quantities. See more »


Followed by The Lost Peace (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Title Sequence Alone Says More About War Than A Thousand Feature Films
24 August 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The title sequence of THE GREAT WAR opens with an allied soldier leaning over a cross . The camera quickly pans down a pile of dead bodies then slowly pans left onto a British Tommy , the horrors of war plain to see in his eyes , and all the while doom laden music music plays in the foreground. It`s impossible through words to describe how effective this is , it`s shocking , disturbing and heart wrenching and if this is the title sequence just think how brutal the rest of the documentary is ?

I first saw THE GREAT WAR in 1974 when it was broadcast on Sunday afternoons but for some reason the BBC decided not to broadcast it again until 2003 almost 30 years later . Everyone talks about how great THE WORLD AT WAR ( Which often turns up on British network TV every few years ) is as a documentary but I can`t help thinking this is actually the greatest documentary involving war . Perhaps its greatest strength is that it shows the effect of the conflict throughout the entire world . There is a tendancy for British and Commonwealth historians ( Most notably John Laffin ) to lapse into accusations of incompetence on the part of the British military leaders or even into self sorrow as to the needless slaughter of young British men but as THE GREAT WAR shows this needless slaughter isn`t unique to Douglas Haig . Britain lost 800,000 servicemen while the French lost 1,200,000 while the Germans lost even more while the Russians lost 2,000,000 dead . Would anyone consider the German offensive at Verdun in 1916 as a success for Germany? So the strategic disasters by the British at the Somme and Ypres were in no way unique and the documentary does point out that proportionaly the British suffered higher casualties during the March 1918 offensive by the Germans than they had on the first day of the Somme

If there`s a problem with the documentary then it`s maybe just too informative , it`s impossible to take in all the facts and figures at first showing . Thank gawd for the video recorder where you can tape each episode and slowly assimilate the information ( And the horror ) on screen . There are one or two other flaws like as has been mentioned clips being shown out of context with someone mentioning the day American troops arrived in Britain but instead of American Doughboys on screen it`s clearly British Tommies , but this would be unforgivably pedantic if I described it as a criticism since this is probably the greatest documentary made about any war

I`m afraid I must finish this review with a criticism of the BBC: Their scheduling of this masterwork on BBC 2 was disgraceful with breaks in transmission lasting several weeks whenever it clashed with its sports coverage . Something this superb should have been shown at peak time on BBC 1 at the same time every week

23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed