World War 1 in Colour

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World War 1 in Colour
Genre Educational
Based on World War I
Narrated by Kenneth Branagh
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Philip Nugus (executive producer)
Jonathan Martin (producer/director)
Location(s) United Kingdom
Running time Approximately 312 minutes
Production company(s) Nugus/Martin Productions Ltd.
Distributor FremantleMedia
First shown in 2003

World War 1 in Colour is a six-episode television documentary series recounting the major events of World War I narrated by Kenneth Branagh.[1] The first of its six parts aired on 23 July 2003.[2] The series consists of colourised footage, with the colour of the images having been enhanced by computer-aided technology.[1]

The series investigates the development of warfare throughout the five years of World War 1 from all sides of the armed forces and also includes never before seen interviews from survivors of the Great War.[2]


The series features interviews with a number of World War I veterans:

  • Arthur Barraclough (1898–2004)
  • Harry Patch (1898–2009), Britain's last survivor of the trenches
  • Fred Bunday (1900–2002)
  • Arthur Halestrap (1898–2004)
  • Hubert Williams (1895–2002), the last pilot of the Royal Flying Corps of WWI
  • Bill Stone (1900–2009), the penultimate Royal Navy veteran of WWI
  • Jack Davis (1895–2003), the last of Kitchener's Volunteers


# Title Original air date
1 "Catastrophe" 23 July 2003 (2003-07-23)
Outbreak of World War 1
2 "Slaughter in the Trenches" 30 July 2003 (2003-07-30)
Combat on the Western Front
3 "Blood in the Air" 6 August 2003 (2003-08-06)
Conflict in the air
4 "Killers of the Sea" 13 August 2003 (2003-08-13)
Conflict on the seas
5 "Mayhem on the Eastern Front" 20 August 2003 (2003-08-20)
Combat on the Eastern Front
6 "Victory and Despair" 27 August 2003 (2003-08-27)
End of World War 1

DVD extras[edit]

  • 50 minute CGI special 'Tactics & Strategy'
  • 15 minutes of interviews with the production team ('Making the Series')

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bowser, Jacquie (8 November 2007). "Telegraph launches ad campaign for First World War giveaway". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "World War 1 In Colour, Series 1". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 

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