Thursday, September 3, 2009

Outbreak: 70 years ago today, the start of WW2

I just watched an excellent documentary on ITV called "Outbreak" to mark the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. It's a fascinating, hour-by-hour account of the day's events on 3rd September, 1939: To mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, this programme tells the story of that fateful Sunday 3 September 1939, hour by hour, chronicling the ultimatum, the declaration of war and the King's radio broadcast. Witnesses to the event share their memories, including Richard Attenborough, George Cole, Tony Benn, Vera Lynn, Betty Driver, Nicholas Parsons, Peter Blake, Lady Soames, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, other relatives of the main players and members of the public across the world. http://www.itv.com/TVGuide/?intcmp=NAV_TVGUIDE3 I find programmes like this particularly interesting because my mother is from England. She told me lots of stories about what day-to-day life was like during the war. And while watching this show, when I heard the sound of the air raid sirens, it reminded me of the sound of the sirens used for tornado warnings in Minnesota so I could certainly understand why my mother always says she is reminded of the war when tornado season starts and the sirens are sounded. Excellent documentary! Did you watch it?

4 comments:

  1. I will try to look for that documentary. This is one thing I love about blogging and bloghopping, I certainly learn new things everyday.Ü I'm hopping from Sharon's. Have a good day.

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  2. Hello Russ - I'm pleased you found my blog and appreciate your comment. I definitely recommend you watch the documentary if it's repeated.

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  3. It was a programme I would have liked to watch but couldn't unfortunately. xx

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  4. Hi Flighty - it's a shame you missed it. I just had a thought though and checked to see if it's available on ITV catch up (ITV player) and it is!

    http://www.itv.com/ITVPlayer/Video/default.html?ViewType=5&Filter=47341

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