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The Great War: The People's Story

Episode #1.4 (Season 1, Episode 4)
TV Episode | 46 min | Documentary, History, War

1918 sees meat rationing being introduced so that Hallie and her husband Eustace, employed by the Ministry of Food, have considerable success with their vegetarian fare. Helen Bentrich, sacked from the arsenal for her socialist viewpoint, ...See more1918 sees meat rationing being introduced so that Hallie and her husband Eustace, employed by the Ministry of Food, have considerable success with their vegetarian fare. Helen Bentrich, sacked from the arsenal for her socialist viewpoint, throws herself into the organization of the Women's Land Army. She will later become a social worker in the Middle East and the Labour leader of London County Council, surviving to age eighty. Alfred Duff Cooper's post at the Foreign Office has protected him from conscription but in 1918 he joins the Grenadier Guards as a lieutenant and is awarded the DSO for bravery. He laments the deaths of his university contemporaries to his glamorous sweetheart Diana Manners, to whom he will be married until his death in 1954. Arthur Roberts, a black shipyard worker from Glasgow, has witnessed horrific carnage which he records in his diaries. Although falsely accused of damaging a pair of boots and almost facing court martial he is not subject to racism and can even joke about looking like a white man after being caked in mortar dust. He will die in Liverpool in 1985, his diaries being posthumously discovered. Eighteen year old Ted Poole is not so lucky. With all his elder brothers killed he writes cheerful letters to his father but will die in action a month before the war's end. Come the Armistice Winston Churchill notes the jubilation of the masses taking to the streets to celebrate the end of a costly and wasteful conflict. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Producer
Isobel Charman (as Izzy Charman)
Casting Director
Amy Grace Miller (as Amy Miller)
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Updated Aug 31, 2014

Release date
Feb 2, 2015 (United States)
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Giles Alderson
Arthur Burke Arthur Burke   See fewer
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Olivia Colman
Self - Narrator (voice) Self - Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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Claire Foy
Helen Bentwich Helen Bentwich   See fewer
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Gerard Kearns
Ted Poole Ted Poole   See fewer
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Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Duff Cooper Duff Cooper   See fewer
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Rosalind March
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Verity Marshall
Ms. Harrold Ms. Harrold   See fewer
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Tuppence Middleton
Diana Manners Diana Manners   See fewer
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Harry Miller
Thomas Poole Thomas Poole   See fewer
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Adrian Scarborough
Winston Churchill Winston Churchill   See fewer
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Alison Steadman
Hallie Miles Hallie Miles   See fewer
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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Arthur Roberts Arthur Roberts   See fewer
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8.1 / 10 | 10 votes