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Living in the Shadow of WWII


How life went on as war raged around.

War has never been limited to the battlefield. It destroys cities and kills loved ones; it casts an almost impenetrable shadow over everything it touches … but life somehow finds a way to shine, even in the toughest of times. Using archive materials and expert interviews across three eye-opening episodes, Living in the Shadow of WW2 explores the ups and downs of everyday life - with a focus on Great Britain - while the greatest war in history raged on. Episode one looks at food scarcity and the ingenious ways people put food on the table. Episode two explores the steps taken to keep safe, from air raid shelters to evacuating children. The third episode recalls how people kept up morale through music, dance, film and self-made forms of entertainment, and ends with the euphoric VE Day celebrations in 1945.

Programme Information

  • Genre: History

  • Subgenre: Factual


  • Duration: 3 x 60'

  • Tags: WW2 Life History War

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