Factual Specials

The Somme

The Somme was a modern battle of such prehistoric brutality that its horror is hard to comprehend. Never have so many soldiers been killed in one day’s fighting: 25,000 dead, most in the first hour.

This film is based on letters and diaries of soldiers who witnessed the battle first hand and wrote down what they saw and felt. Focusing on these stories, the horror of the battle is made real by combining beautifully shot drama with moving archive footage.

Broadcaster:Channel 4, National Gegraphic Channel/International
Distributor:Channel 4 International
Genre:Factual Specials
Format:1 x 120 min
Production year:2005
Executive Producer:John Smithson, Julian Ware
Produced by:Carl Hindmarch
Directed by:Carl Hindmarch