My Family at War: HD

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War Documentary hosted by Sue Johnston, published by BBC in 2008 - English narration

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1918 - 2008 : Ninety Years of Remembrance. The year 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On 11th November 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allied and German armies ending a global war that lasted four years and extinguished millions of lives. Every year since then we have taken the opportunity to commemorate those that served, and more particularly gave their lives, both in that "Great" War and in subsequent wars and conflicts. A season of Remembrance. As the nation marks the 90th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War, BBC Learning celebrates and remembers with a season of programming across the BBC's television and radio networks, at local events across the country. 1918 - 2008 : Ninety Years of Remembrance aims to personalise the Act of Remembrance and bring World War One in particular vividly alive in the present. On screen, some of the country's best-loved television personalities seek out their personal family wartime experiences in My Family At War, where our eight TV presenters uncover some extraordinary and emotional stories from their own families. Personalities featured include: Rolf Harris, Kate Silverton, Eamonn Holmes, Natalie Cassidy, Phil Tufnell, Matthew Kelly, Kirsty Wark and Dan Snow.

[edit] Dan Snow and Natalie Cassidy

Historian Dan Snow and actress Natalie Cassidy set off down very different paths to try and discover the truth behind their families' roles in the Great War. Natalie's journey tracks some of the forgotten stories of the war and takes her from the bombed out streets of London to the mass burial sites of Belgium.
Dan retraces the footsteps of his great grandfather General Thomas Snow and is shocked to discover that he may have been partially to blame for the slaughter at the Battle of the Somme. It is an uncomfortable journey for Dan, who is fully aware of how many died due to mistakes and the poor decisions made by Generals – as the old adage goes: the First World War was fought by lions led by donkeys. Dan sets out to discover whether his great-grandpa did contribute to the demise of so many.

[edit] Matthew Kelly and Phil Tufnell

Presenter Matthew Kelly and cricketer Phil Tufnell investigate their families' roles in the Great War. Matthew Kelly travels through France on his way to the battlefields of Flanders, hoping to solve the mystery of his great uncle Albert, who died in a Prisoner of War camp in 1917. To find out how he came to be there, and how he died, Matthew must retrace Albert's footsteps through the war.
And England cricketer Phil Tufnell wants to find out what life was like for his grandfather, Mechanic 1st Class William Tufnell, in the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front. Phil Tufnell's story means he doesn't leave this country, but it is no less poignant for this. Phil is deeply moved by his grandfather's story, learning how planes were involved in The First World War. Initially, they were used to survey the battlefields, then guns went up... But it was the very early days of the aeroplane and many died. Phil's grandfather was a plane mechanic and, through My Family At War, Phil finds out his story.

[edit] Eamonn Holmes and Kate Silverton

Presenter Eamonn Holmes and journalist Kate Silverton set off down very different paths to try and discover the truth behind their families' roles in the Great War. Eamonn Holmes discovers how his Irish grandad was treated when he came home, wounded, to an Ireland on the brink of civil war, where the British army was considered the enemy of nationalism. His grandfather, Jack Fitzsimmons, died before Eamonn was born, but his photo had always adorned their mantelpiece. Through filming My Family At War, Eamonn finds out why, as a Catholic Nationalist, his grandfather volunteered to fight in the British Army. He follows Jack's footsteps to Belgium and France to find out exactly where he fought.
Kate Silverton, meanwhile, discovers the bitter reality of trench warfare for George, her great grandfather.

[edit] Rolf Harris and Kirsty Wark

Rolf Harris has been singing Two Little Boys for 40 years. Until now, he had no idea just how much the song mirrors the story of his dad and uncle in the Great War. In this programme, Rolf fulfils a lifetime's ambition by travelling to the Western Front to find out the truth behind his hit song. He takes an emotional voyage when he follows his father's and uncle's journey through Northern France, where they both came to fight in the First World War with the ANZACS. On the boat over to France, Rolf recalls how, in 1969, he had chart-topping success with the song Two Little Boys but never understood why his aunt found it too emotional to listen to. With the help of a team of researchers and historians, Rolf retraces his father's and uncle's movements to the same battlefields where they fought side by side. On learning their full histories, Rolf at last fully understands why his song had so much resonance for his aunt.
Kirsty Wark, meanwhile, uncovers the brutal reality of her great uncle's life in the machine gun corps. She already had photos, mementoes and letters from the First World War, but they only told half a story. Through My Family At War, Kirsty goes in search of the truth behind the letters.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 3 302 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 40 min - 56 min
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 1.09 GB - 1.45 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: SFM & GOTHiC

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