The story of the 20 momentous years from 1936 to 1956 that changed the course of history, as told by Jonathan Dimbleby and through the words of remarkable BBC correspondents.


  • From Hiroshima to Cold War

    From Hiroshima to Cold War

    28/08/2015 Duración: 17min

    The annihilation of Hiroshima ends the war with Japan, but peace brings new enmities and flashpoints: Divided Berlin, Korea, Hungary and Suez. With Jonathan Dimbleby.

  • Burma, Berlin and Belsen

    Burma, Berlin and Belsen

    26/08/2015 Duración: 14min

    The Allied advance through Germany recaptures Berlin, but uncovers the atrocities of the Holocaust, as war in the Far East rages on. With Jonathan Dimbleby.

  • Paris Liberated Allied defeat at Arnhem

    Paris Liberated; Allied defeat at Arnhem

    24/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    As Paris falls to the Allies and German resistance in Italy falters, the defeat at Arnhem in the Netherlands is a major setback for the Allies. With Jonathan Dimbleby.

  • D-Day and the Liberation of Normandy

    D-Day and the Liberation of Normandy

    23/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    1944’s hush-hush Allied plans to invade occupied France bring success, but hard fighting, as Hitler’s troops are well dug in in Normandy. With Jonathan Dimbleby.

  • Dunkirk and the Fall of Paris

    Dunkirk and the Fall of Paris

    12/08/2015 Duración: 14min

    The German army outflanks the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and forces the epic retreat of Dunkirk as Paris falls to Hitler’s forces.

  • The Phoney War

    The Phoney War

    10/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    WW2 begins quietly with little actual fighting, but BBC reporters develop brilliant skills at telling the story of ‘the Phoney War’. With Jonathan Dimbleby.

  • The Spanish Civil War and beyond

    The Spanish Civil War and beyond

    09/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    Jonathan Dimbleby listens to the 1930s drumbeat of war through the burgeoning reporting skills of the BBC’s newly-appointed reporter corps.