Timewatch, television’s longest running history programme, returns to BBC TWO this Autumn with four new films co-produced by The Open University.
Michael Palin, traveller, comedian and amateur historian presents Timewatch: The Last Day of World War One. The film is a personal odyssey for Michael as he travels to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, armed with new research and photographs to tell the tragic stories of four men, British, French, Canadian and American, who died shortly before the fateful 11 O’Clock cease fire.
He also reveals the shocking fact that hundreds on all sides lost their lives in the hours after the Armistice had been signed. He also discovers the fate of his Great-Uncle Harry, who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
Michael Palin said: "The First World War has been so firmly etched in my mind since my schooldays that this Timewatch programme seemed a quite natural thing to be involved with. It may be a little different in tone from my usual offerings, but in a small way it was as important to me as anything I’ve ever done."
The Open University’s Stuart Mitchell, academic adviser for the series, said: "Timewatch has once again proved its worth with a series of excellent, historically well grounded, and interesting programmes.
"Of particular note are those on the last day of World War One and Stonehenge. The series is not frightened to be bold and to move beyond the well-trodden areas covered in other television history. I think we should be grateful for that, since it enriches popular knowledge of important historical topics. The series, I hope, will also encourage viewers to find out more about history and how to study it."
It will be broadcast on Saturday 27th September 2008, then every Saturday until Saturday 1st November.
Check press for times. The fifth film in the series ‘The Boxer Rebellion’ is solely a BBC production.
Executive Editor for the BBC is John Farren. Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy. The Open University Academic Adviser is Dr Stuart Mitchell. The Broadcast Learning Executive for The Open University is Dr Caroline Ogilvie.
The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning. All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.
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