Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War

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Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War
Written by Peter Arnett
Narrated by Richard Basehart
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Maclear
Producer(s) Ian McLeod
Running time pilot: 52 minutes, regular episodes: 26 minutes
Release
Original network CBC
Original release 22 October 1980 – 1 August 1982

Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part half-hour Canadian television documentary on the Vietnam War, was produced in 1980 by Michael Maclear. The series aired in Canada on CBC Television, in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.

Maclear visited Vietnam during the production of the series and had access to film material there. He was the first Western journalist allowed to visit that area since the war.

The documentary series was consolidated into 13 hour-long episodes for American television syndication.[1] The series was released on videocassette format by Embassy and won a National Education Association award for best world documentary.[2]

Series writer Peter Arnett was an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975.

CBC aired only 18 of the episodes during the 1980-81 season because the series production was incomplete. The remaining episodes were broadcast during CBC's 1981-82 season. British audiences saw the series during Channel 4's 1984-85 season.

Episodes[edit]

# Episode title CBC airdate Channel 4 airdate
1 America in Vietnam 16 October 1980 15 October 1984
2 France in Vietnam 16 October 1980 22 October 1984
3 Dien Bien Phu 16 October 1980 29 October 1984
4 Early Hopes 23 October 1980 12 November 1984
5 Assassination 23 October 1980 19 November 1984
6 Days of Decision 30 October 1980 26 November 1984
7 Westy's War 30 October 1980 3 December 1984
8 Uneasy Allies 5 November 1980 7 January 1985
9 Guerilla Society 5 November 1980 14 January 1985
10 The Trail 12 November 1980 21 January 1985
11 Firepower 12 November 1980 28 January 1985
12 The Village War 19 November 1980 4 February 1985
13 Air War 19 November 1980 11 February 1985
14 Siege 26 November 1980 18 February 1985
15 Tet! 10 December 1980 25 February 1985
16 Frontline America 17 December 1980 4 March 1985
17 Soldiering On 31 December 1980 11 March 1985
18 Changing the Guard 7 January 1981 18 March 1985
19 Wanting Out 7 January 1981 25 March 1985
20 Bombing of Hanoi 14 January 1981 1 April 1985
21 Peace and Consequence 14 January 1981 8 April 1985
22 The Prisoners 21 January 1981 15 April 1985
23 The Unsung Soldiers 21 January 1981 22 April 1985
24 Final Offensive 4 February 1981 29 April 1985
25 Surrender 4 February 1981 13 May 1985
26 Vietnam Recalled 11 February 1981 20 May 1985

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Notebook Ups and Downs". The Globe and Mail. 23 July 1982. p. P5.  Item: A Syndicated War.
  2. ^ "Michael Maclear fonds" (PDF). University of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. 2000. 
  3. ^ Episode Calendar, retrieved September 21, 2017, https://episodecalendar.com/en/show/vietnam-the-ten-thousand-day-war/season/1

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