Apocalypse WWI is a new series by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle, directors of Apocalypse WWII, the historical series with the highest ratings worldwide (Eurodata & Mediamétrie, June, 2011), broadcast in over 165 countries, and Apocalypse Hitler, chosen Best Archival Documentary Series by History Makers (New York, 2012).
Could the sacrifice of an entire generation have been avoided? How did such a cruel and far-reaching conflict occur? How did men and women endure this atrocity for four long years?
The series Apocalypse WWI takes a strategic and global approach to address these fundamental questions, but also, and most importantly, tells the story with a sensitive, intimate approach on a human level.
The series was produced using over 500 hours of archival footage, much of it previously unseen, and now completely colorized. The story takes us to the battlefields, inside the minds of those who govern, and to the heart of the everyday life of civilians behind the lines, thanks to some of the first amateur films, so rare from this period. We will move from the trenches in the North of France to the lesser-known fronts of Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Palestine and the Arabian deserts where millions of soldiers from the five continents perish or suffer wounds of the flesh and mind.
Thanks to numerous letters, diaries and books written during the war, the narration brings to life the memories and the experiences of these men and women, and helps us better understand and feel how yesterday’s world was driven to apocalypse.
Friday 17 October
This episode looks at Europe at the beginning of World War I.
Friday 24 October
The growth of a European conflict into a global war.
Friday 31 October
The realities of trench warfare and its toll on countries and their citizens becomes apparent.
Friday 7 November
As the USA enters the conflict the misery of war has become part of daily life. People are beginning to question the justifications of carnage.
Friday 14 November
How the war finally ended, leaving Europe decimated and looking to rebuild.