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What happened at Dunkirk in May 1940 must go down as one of the greatest escapes of all time. A third of a million British soldiers were facing annihilation but just days later the majority had been rescued and Churchill had delivered his most famous speech, vowing never to surrender. Through the use of hybrid drama and documentary techniques, this series offers unique perspective and a true understanding of what actually happened. Dramatic stories, sourced from the accounts of men involved, and shot in documentary style, are put in context by archive footage, maps, CGI and commentary.
Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation, [London] : [2004]
Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment, Australia : [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.5421428 DUNK
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 178 minutes)


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Oct 19, 2018

I checked this out thinking it was the Christopher Nolan film. It's not.

Sep 15, 2018

The best depiction of the Dunkirk evacuation I have seen, but then it was done by the BBC and it is their history. The efforts of the British to evacuate half a milling men from the beach were clearly shown. Actual footage of both the Germans and Allied forces added to much to the movie. The actual footage of the German planes strafing the beach and the rescue boats, some of which were on the return trip to Dover but were destroyed. There was also footage of the ships as they returned to Dover. I never heard of the Germans killing Allied POW's during Dunkirk. I wouldn't doubt it but this scene surprised me. I was also surprised at how the British treated their wounded. I understand the numbers they wanted to "rescue" but these men were hurt serving the country. The turmoil and hard decision Churchill made was not shown very well. The actual recording of the speech he gave was part of the movie and definitely added to it.

Jul 20, 2018

Originally broadcast as a BBC TV program, this 3-episode 180-minute docudram depicts the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II.
The film uses archive footage, eyewitness accounts and original dramatised sequences to describe the events of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation.
Unfortunately, this is NOT the movie directed by Christopher Nolan in 2017.
But it is worthwhile viewing.

Jul 02, 2018

Note: this is NOT the Hollywood version nominated in 2017. It's a long, dreary, disconnected story that is not very interesting at all. Possibly it's historically accurate, I don't know, but it is not interesting to watch at all.

Mar 09, 2018

In a word, disappointing. I was expecting to see a complete movie but it concentrates it's focus on the retreat from the Germans to the beach with very little attention of the actual massive evacuation that occurred and the subsequent ability to resume the war with the very men that were saved on that beach.
It also avoided to mention about 'the little boats' that could get closer in to shore or the ability to overcome one of Hitler's secret weapons, the magnetic water mines, that threatened the entire operation. The movie ended when I thought it was about half through.
On the plus side: Cudo's to the acting.

Feb 26, 2018

Brilliant soundtrack, cinematography, and special effects. This film tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, in the early days of World War II. The film goes back and forth amongst different story lines: (1) some soldiers on the beach who are trying to get the first boat they can back to Britain; (2) RAF pilots who are trying to protect British navy ships coming in to rescue the soldiers; and (3) a British man, his young adult son, and a teenaged neighbor who are bringing a small boat over the channel to help with the evacuation. The story sometimes gets confusing, but so is war. Recommended.

Feb 18, 2018

A well acted and three episode docu-drama on the evacuation of Dunkirk :Retreat, Evacuation and Deliverance, (very different from the movie). Covers a longer time period with a wider scope showing a lot more detail and historic context, from the fighting retreat in France, the planning in Whitehall (British equivalent of the Pentagon) and the British cabinet with Prime Minister Churchill. Also shows how the British both in France and in London tried to work with their French allies to varying degrees of success. And it was interesting to see how many members of the British government wanted to make a peace settlement with Nazi Germany and Churchill's response.

Dec 11, 2017

I liked this non-fiction historical re-enactment very much. It has graphic scenes too graphic for children with bodies dead from war situations. It has lots of death and grief. Everyone thinking about going to war should watch this movie and remember what war is like before acting. It has a strong story. It was well acted and organized.

Dec 05, 2017

Huslika history of WWII? F -

Nov 22, 2017

As "donkeyhote" writes at the end part of his comment down here, yes, there was a secret English-German plan to divide the world between themselves. And while the Germans prepared for the action, the English were laying low. Then Rudolf Hess (this is known from some sources) flew alone in his small airplane to England and landed on Lord Lovian's estate, to ask him what's the matter with the original plan. Little Adolf rebuked him, even called him "nuts" for doing it on his own account. So, at the origin of World War Two there was a scheme, and the Germans were bamboozled and we are conned too, by keeping this a secret before the public of the world. Summing up: The West fooled Germany to make them jump into WW2 by promising them "living space" by occupying Russian territory. The West gave them the funding in secret through the Bank of International Settlements, thereby helping little Adolf to create his "economic miracle" and become a national hero and thus the West funded the creation of Adolf's war machine too. They wanted him to start the war, but they slyly jumped out of the deal in the last moment. This it the way the West bamboozled the Germans, and thus the War was initiated by the West for a purpose, to rearrange the world. And indeed, as Ted Flynn writes in "Hope of the Wicked", even the Bush family was among those who secretly funded little Adolf to start his war. And Flynn writes in his book that even the Japanese war machine was funded in secret in both world wars by American bankers! They did the same with the Japs they did with the Germans. Then they left little Adolf to stand alone and turned on him. Politics is all schemes, and the public is kept ignorant of the machinations that shape our lives. The public's only way to counter this would be to not go to any wars on their neighbors. But the public is fooled every time with propaganda.

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Jul 21, 2017

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Jul 31, 2017

What happened at Dunkirk in May 1940 must rank as the greatest maritime evacuation in history.

A race against time to save the Allied army trapped in France that is as much defined by its audacity as it is by its miraculous nature.

The greatest escape?

Told from the perspective of the decision makers and the soldiers on the ground, this series follows the dramatic events from the 25th May 1940, to the early hours of 4th June. As British and French troops were forced back into an ever-decreasing pocket of land by the relentless onslaught of the Germans, the British Navy launched a momentous effort to save them at short notice and with very slender means.

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A rear-guard action is put in place to hold the Germans back, allowing the bulk of the army to make its way to Dunkirk. Operation Dynamo swings into action, masterminded by the cool and efficient Admiral Ramsay. Meanwhile in London, Churchill fends off a drive by Lord Halifax to sue for peace. As the drama begins to escalate, three soldiers, Wilf, Clive and Titch, man a signals truck on what will become the front line of the German attack.


The reality of the war hits home back in England as the fisherman of Leighton-Sea have their boats requisitioned by the navy. Many volunteer to go with their vessels. Churchill, much to the dismay of the organisers of Operation Dynamo, promises the French to save their army as well. As the rescue mission gets under way properly, the Leigh fisherman, their boats packed with soldiers, start for home. Not all will make it though.


This episode details the last desperate efforts to get away and tells the stories of those who were left behind. One of those who stay behind is Dr Newman. He struggles to get the remaining wounded away as the Germans bear down on Dunkirk. Only a few hundred men are left to face the Germans as the finally enter the town. But some 325,000 men have been saved.

...gripping, inspiring and nerve-shredding stuff, especially when you realise just how close the British Expeditionary Force came to destruction - and possibly betrayal from certain sections of the Cabinet - in May 1940. The chaos, terror and uncertainty among the surrounded troops was particularly well evoked, while no major British undertaking could possibly occur without good old-fashioned incompetence putting in an appearance. --Stage

...as gripping as Saving Private Ryan or Band Of Brothers ... everyone who has actually seen it has been profoundly moved and found it a fitting tribute to the British veterans ... much of it is shocking, not least the scene when British soldiers who wish to retreat are shot by their own side ... We can never truly understand what it was like to be there but dramas such as Dunkirk help. --Daily Mirror (Tony Parsons)

Convincingly creating three hours of carnage, desperation, heroism and chaos with a budget of 2m and a team of 30 extras, Holmes and his television crew bring home the terrible jeopardy felt by both the soldiers and the army command ... Filmed in a verité style, Dunkirk is an immersive viewing experience and Holmes limits the view to that of the men on the ground. The dialogue is blurry, chatty and unimportant, but the internal thoughts of the characters are genuine, having been culled from the testimonies of the old soldiers ... powerful drama documentary. --Sunday Times (Helen Stewart)


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Feb 18, 2018

"If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground." Winston Churchill


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