I Was There: The Great War Interviews

In the early 1960s, the BBC interviewed 280 eyewitnesses of the First World War for the series, The Great War. Using never-before-seen footage from these interviews, this groundbreaking history documentary illuminates the poignant human experience of the war through the eyes of those who fought, lived through, and survived it.

The Last Day Of World War One

The Last Day of WW1

Though the First World War ended on November 11th, 1918, soldiers continued to be killed in battle for many hours after the armistice had been signed. Recounting the events of the days and hours leading up to that last morning, Michael Palin travels to battlefields in France and Belgium and tells the personal stories of the last soldiers to die in the war to end all wars.

Horror In The East

During the First World War, POWs in Japan were treated remarkably well. What happened in the intervening years that led the nation to commit such inhumane atrocities in World War II? This series probes the Japanese belief at the time of racial superiority and the mentality that drove Kamikaze fighters.

WWI: The Final Hours

Watch WWI: The Final Hours on BBC Select

On 8 November 1918, an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a German secretly gathered in a train carriage near Paris. Their meeting would last for three days. The aim: to end four long years of brutal and deadly war.

This innovative history documentary uncovers the extraordinary events leading up to the World War I Armistice and explores how repercussions would ripple throughout the 20th century.

War's Secret Shame: Shell Shock

Watch War's Secret Shame: Shell Shock on BBC Select

By the end of World War One, hundreds of thousands of servicemen were displaying symptoms with no obvious physical cause, including violent shaking, muteness and night terrors.

Using archive footage and interviews with combat veterans, this documentary delves into the story of one of the 20th century’s greatest mental health challenges, shell shock – also known as battle fatigue, combat stress and, more recently, PTSD – and asks why we are still unable to deal effectively with the trauma of war.