Sir Ian McKellen narrates this documentary, which explores many of the myths that surround the Churchill legend, revealing the complexity of the real man who was soldier, adventurer, politician, author and arguably the greatest Englishman of the 20th century. The program presents an intimate representation of Winston Churchill's extraordinary character and life, illuminating the forces that drove him. The advisor to the series is Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys, author of two accounts of her grandfather's life: "From Winston With Love and Kisses: The Young Churchill" and "Churchill: Wanted Dead or Alive," an account of his time in South Africa during the Boer War. Her unique access an d insight into the public and private records of Churchill's life, coupled with previously unseen family photographs and new film material, lend insight into one of the world's most remarkable men.
Churchill Previous Broadcasts
The Lion's Roar (Episode #102Z)
KQED 9: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
The second hour focuses on the 10 years between 1929 and 1939, which have become widely known as the "Wilderness Years" during which Churchill was variously described as a "maverick", a "spent force" and a "fanatic". But then, through a remarkable set of circumstances, the war years from 1939 to 1945 became the most famous period in his amazing life. "The Lion's Roar" traces Churchill's leadership of Britain through its finest hour during the Battle of Britain to its darkest hour in 1942. His character was tested at every moment of the war. His famous speeches evoked everything about Britain that he thought was great, and so galvanized the nation.
- KQED 9: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Destiny (Episode #101Z)
KQED 9: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
This first hour tells the story of Churchill's early life -- his aristocratic birth, his search for glory on the battlefield, his rise up the political ladder and his fall from it. It follows his journey from being a young Conservative star to a leading Liberal social reformer, from the disgraced head of the British Royal Navy in WWI to the senior position of Chancellor of the Exchequer. This episode ends in 1931, when Churchill is left out of the national government, and his career seems to be over and his destiny unfulfilled.
- KQED 9: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 -- 2:00 AM