'Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 28 June 1914', courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, © IWM, Q 81831

BBC series '37 days' to document the "behind-closed-doors story" of the outbreak of the First World War

Posted on centenarynews.com on 24 August 2013
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A BBC documentary drama series, 37 Days, will be produced to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

The series will focus on the time period between the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on the 28th June 1914 to the British declaration of war on Germany on the 4th August 1914.

Ian McDiarmid, Sinead Cusack, Tim Pigott-Smith, Bill Paterson and Kenneth Cranham will star in the Centenary drama, which "reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the outbreak of the First World War".

"The drama serial will overturn orthodox assumptions about the war’s inevitability. Such a disaster did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort and terrific ingenuity, as well as staggering bad luck, to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon".

Source: BBC website

Date of article publication: 22/08/2013

Images courtesy of the BBC

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News