Multcolib Recommends: Everything I know about the World Wars I learned on Masterpiece Theatre

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front (DVD - 1999 ) DVD Drama ALL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This film, released in 1930, is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque and tells the story of young World War I German recruits who pass from idealism to disillusionment.

Birdsong (DVD - 2012 ) DVD Drama BIRDSONG All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman falls desperately in love on a visit to Northern France. Years later, Stephen returns there as a soldier facing the trench warfare of World War I. Based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey [Season 1] (DVD - 2011 ) DVD Drama DOWNTON Available in some locations

Annotation:The Crawleys and their servants experience dramas of all variety at the ancestral home. Season 2 brings World War I to the extended family.

The Duchess of Duke Street
The Duchess of Duke Street Series 1 (DVD - 2012 ) DVD Drama DUCHESS1 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Through hard work, talent, and ambition, a servant girl rises from scullery maid to become the finest chef in London and Edwardian society's premier hostess. Based on the biography, The Duchess of Jermyn Street, by Daphne Fielding.

Flambards (DVD - 2001 ) DVD Drama FLAMBARDS Available in some locations

Annotation:Christina is sent to live with her domineering, crippled Uncle Russell and her cousins Mark and William at 'Flambards,' a rambling, decaying mansion in England in the early 1900s. Based on the novels by K.M. Peyton.

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Set One (DVD - 2009 ) DVD Drama LORD Available in some locations

Annotation:Based on the novels of Dorothy L. Sayers, the suave upper-crust detective solves crimes in Roaring 20s London.

My Boy Jack
My Boy Jack (DVD - 2008 ) DVD Drama MY Available in some locations

Annotation:It's 1914 and the British Empire's greatest supporter, Rudyard Kipling, is at the peak of his literary fame. Kipling's son, Jack, is determined to play his part in the imminent war with Germany but finds himself rejected due to his poor eyesight. Kipling uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards. Inspired by Kipling's poem of the same name.

Parade's End
Parade's End (DVD - 2013 ) DVD Drama PARADES All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 13 copies

Annotation:Set over a tumultuous ten-year period in the early 20th century, this miniseries tells the story of an honorable Englishman coping with his growing disillusion at the end of a privileged era and the beginning of a new, egalitarian society. Based on the tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford.

To Serve Them All My Days
To Serve Them All My Days (DVD - 2004 ) DVD Drama TO Available in some locations

Annotation:Based on R.F. Delderfield's novel, a shellshocked mine worker's son finds his true calling as a teacher and mentor of schoolboys.

Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs Series One (DVD - 2011 ) DVD Drama UPSTAIRS1 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Bellamys live upstairs; Hudson, Rose, Mrs. Bridges and other servants live downstairs. Their intersecting lives make for fascinating television. You'll want to watch them all, but the household faces war in Series Four.

Danger UXB
Danger UXB (DVD - 2005 ) DVD Drama DANGER

Annotation:Some soldiers in World War II never left England. The men of the 97th Tunneling Company have to defuse the unexploded bombs (UXBs) scattered over London with little more than wire clippers and courage. Based on the memoir by Arthur B. Hartley, Unexploded Bomb.

Fortunes of War
Fortunes of War (DVD - 2005 ) DVD Drama FORTUNES Available in some locations

Annotation:Newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle find themselves in Eastern Europe at the beginning of World War II. Based on a series of autobiographical novels by Olivia Manning.

Foyle's War
Foyle's War (DVD - 2003 ) DVD Drama FOYLES Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 9 copies

Annotation:Detective Christopher Foyle solves crimes on the home front as he's refused the opportunity to serve during World War II.

Island at War
Island at War (DVD - 2005 ) DVD Drama ISLAND All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles invaded and occupied by the Germans. Island at War tells this story through the eyes of three island families and the German soldiers with whom their lives become interwined.

Piece of Cake
Piece of Cake The Complete Series (DVD - 2011 ) DVD Drama PIECE Available in some locations

Annotation:At the beginning of World War II, fighter pilots were England's sole defense against the German forces. The lives (and deaths) of one squadron are depicted here. Based on the novel by Derek Robinson.

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The War to End All Wars (World War I) began 100 years ago in August 1914, but I didn't learn much about it until I began watching Upstairs, Downstairs. Love history? Love a good costume drama? The programs listed here fit the bill, plus you'll learn a lot about the 20th century's two main conflicts. (Lee C.)


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