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An all-star international cast, led by Star Wars’ Ian McDiarmid and Spooks’ Tim Pigott-Smith, head up this tense political thriller, following the catastrophic chain of events which led from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4th August. Set amongst the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin, it tracks the unfolding crises through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world’s first global war.
|1||VideoOne Month in Summer||The British Foreign Office, led by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, receives news of an assassination in the Balkans. In Berlin, the kaiser thinks he can exploit it for his own advantage.||58:01||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoOne Week in July||War in Europe is becoming a real possibility. Under pressure from the cabinet, the British foreign secretary unravels a tangled web of intrigue between Austria, Germany, Russia and France, while the German military command conspires to force the kaiser's hand. Who will gain the upper hand?||58:10||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoOne Long Weekend||The last hours of peace. With the continental powers pushed to the brink, Sir Edward Grey seems unsure of whether to keep Britain out of the conflict. Desperate negotiations, resignations and a battle of wills in the Cabinet reach a crescendo with Germany's ultimatum to Belgium. Which way will Britain go?||59:52||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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