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The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever made, costing £900,000. It was produced by Jeremy Isaacs, narrated by Laurence Olivier and includes a score composed by Carl Davis. A book, The World at War, was written by Mark Arnold-Forster, and released in 1973, to accompany the TV series.

Since production was completed, The World at War has attracted acclaim and is now regarded as a landmark in British television history. Following the time of its completion, and as the Second World War remained fresh in many people's minds, the producer Jeremy Isaacs was considered ahead of his time in resurrecting studies of military history. The series focused on, among other things, portrayal of the devastating human experiences of the conflict; how life and death throughout the war years affected soldiers, sailors and airmen, civilians, the tragic victims of tyranny and concentration camp inmates.

  1. Jeremy Isaacs

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. Laurence Olivier

    Laurence Olivier

    Narrator

    37 Episodes

  2. Albert Speer

    Albert Speer

    1 Episode

  3. Karl Wolff

    1 Episode

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The World at War

Season 1

1973 | 37 Episodes

Season 1 of The World at War premiered on October 31, 1973.

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  • 15

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    No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema or buy/rent a 15 rated video. 15 rated works are not suitable for children under 15 years of age.

Type Documentary

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

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