Magazine article The Spectator

Making History

Magazine article The Spectator

Making History

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No one who has seen The World at Wa r will ever forget it. Thirtysix years on from its original broadcast, it still stands atop a glittering mound of British documentary television. But the great is about to be made better with a new restoration of the series, available on DVD and Blu-ray. The promotional material informs us that every single frame has been individually tweaked and upgraded - and it shows. Even those who own previous DVD versions should consider stumping up for this set.

The genius of The World at Wa r was always in how it allowed the second world war and its participants to speak for themselves.

And so it treats us to miles of footage shot during the conflict itself, and lengthy interviews with everyone from Hitler's secretary to concentration camp survivors. …

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