Tv documentary called 1940

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  1. Sjones81

    Sjones81 Member

    Hi,I wonder if anyone could help me please?
    I remember back in the early 1990’s my mum had a WW2 documentary that she recorded on vhs.
    I’m sure it was called 1940,obviously it was in black and white and I know it wasn’t world at war. But I have never seen it since ir heard of it since.
    I’m sure it was shown on one of the bbc channels. Does anyone else remember it or know if I can get a copy anywhere? Many thanks.
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron


    The war years 1940?
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

  4. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    There was a documentary titled "1940" broadcast on BBC2 on Monday, 28th May 1990 at 5:10pm. The listing in Radio Times read:

    "The events of a momentous year are recounted in this BBC documentary made 25 years ago. It is written and narrated by the voice of Britain in 1940, J B Priestley. Executive producer Tony Essex, Producer Ed Rollins"

    The Radio Times listing for its original broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 12 Sept 1965 at 7:25pm gives more detail:

    "A Reminiscence in five parts by J. B. PRIESTLEY
    Prologue written by JOHN TERRAINE
    Narrated by Robert Harris
    PART 1: Into the Unknown
    January-May 10
    PART 2: The Glare and the Shock
    May 10-June 4
    In the Interlude Robert Dougall reads a News Bulletin compiled from those broadcast in the BBC Home Service on June 7-9, 1940
    PART 3: The Dark Horizon
    JunL 4-July 10
    PART 4: The Throbbing Sky July 10-September 6
    PART 5: The Private Victory September 7-December 31
    Producer, ED ROLLINS
    Executive producer, TONY ESSEX"

    Last edited: May 5, 2018
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  5. Sjones81

    Sjones81 Member

    4F4F56D5-BB75-421C-BD42-7DF577BDB933.png That’s it! I remember that opening title. Many thanks for your help. Just a shame it can’t be found on dvd.
  6. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Anything narrated by J.B. Priestly is worth listening to. Find a copy, someone ! :)

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