The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War are told in their own words, through a landmark new Shiver series for ITV, made in close partnership with Imperial War Museums.
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in a 4 x 60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, proudly produced by Shiver.
The Great War: The People’s Story marks part of a new strength to Shiver’s production portfolio as archive, drama and documentary expertly combine to bring memoirs, diaries and letters to life in the most emotive of ways, marking the heroism and bravery of British First World War veterans with this fitting tribute.
With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.
These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings, offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.
Airs every Sunday at 9pm on ITV from August 10th for four weeks.