There are several excellent television documentaries on the First World War, but none moreso than the BBC’s 1964 production The Great War. Still considered one of the high-points of BBC documentary-making film, the series consists of 26 forty-minute episodes.
One of the many wonderful things about the series are the numerous interviews with verterans who were but late-middle aged: still sharp, still funny, and still able to relate their experiences candidly.
As I understand it, the series is replayed with some regularity in the UK, (in fact, The Daily Mail handed out DVD copies in weekend papers a few years back) but I don’t think it has been seen on Canadian television in the last thirty years at least, and it isn’t available on DVD in North America. That’s a shame, given how much CBC footage appears in the series.
So, here you go: Episode 1: On The Idle Hill of Summer
I’ve watched the series numerous times, but I downloaded the series in its entirety here.