My Grandparents' War

Season 1
 (34)2021TV-14
80 years after the outbreak of World War II, this new series follows leading Hollywood actors Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan, as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents during that conflict. Combining key moments in history with fresh biographical insights, My Grandparents’ War reveals the extraordinary impact of war on ordinary people.
Starring
Helena Bonham CarterMark RylanceKristin Scott Thomas
Genres
Special Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Helena Bonham Carter
    April 4, 2021
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Harry Potter series) explores the stories of both sets of her grandparents—neither of whom were conventional war heroes, but who both saved countless lives during World War II. She learns how her grandmother used her position to speak out against anti-Semitism, and discovers her grandfather’s role as a Spanish diplomat in helping Jews escape the Holocaust.
  2. 2. Mark Rylance
    April 11, 2021
    49min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actor Mark Rylance (Dunkirk, Bridge of Spies) explores the extraordinary World War II story of his grandfather, a banker for HSBC, who bravely joined the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps and was then captured and held as a prisoner of war for nearly four years. Rylance uncovers the horrors of the POW camps and examines his own beliefs about war and peace as he fills in his family history.
  3. 3. Kristin Scott Thomas
    April 18, 2021
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour, The English Patient) knew her grandfather served in the Royal Navy during World War II, but he never spoke about his experiences. Now, she visits with historians and the families of other veterans to piece together a lost chapter of her family history, learning how he saved thousands at Dunkirk and survived the war’s most devastating battles.
  4. 4. Carey Mulligan
    April 25, 2021
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, The Great Gatsby) travels to Japan to find out more about her grandfather’s experiences as a British naval officer during World War II. Speaking with historians and others impacted by the war, she discovers how her grandfather survived a Kamikaze attack, and learns the extent of the devastation he witnessed in Tokyo.

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Directors
Leo BurleyFrancis HanlyLaura NashChristopher Walker
Supporting actors
Carey Mulligan
Producers
Leo BurleyFrancis HanlyLaura NashChristopher WalkerTom AnstissPaul HamannLesley NormanRebecca Fairbank
Season year
2021
Network
PBS
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
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Available to watch on supported devices

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting and Factual
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Realization of my parents fear of war. I am 66 and never understood all of there fears about famine and destruction or captivity. Found this very informative from folks whose parents were in or suffered effects of WWI and WWII.
PhillyFanReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Valuable History Lesson
There are not too many people left from this time. My Grandparents' War helps to document what happened during WWII. For me it is a reminder of what my parents went through both on the Homefront and in Europe. And as a reminder to those who did not read the season pass rules: after the show airs on PBS it will be in your downloadable queue the next day.
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AhkReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
They never talked . . .
I was born in 1948 and grew up in a neighborhood filled with veterans living in brand new houses with their brand new families. Among them was a wealth of experience, a marine who'd fought across the Pacific, another who'd survived a kamikazi strike and my father who'd been in combat in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and across Europe. Us kids - us boys anyway - were hungry to hear about their heroism. In the evenings four or five of them would gather in a front yard and quietly, yet intensely, talk. My friends and l would edge up in the hope of learning something about their exploits. As we drew closer the men would get nervous and baseball or the new Ford would take over their conversation. It wasn't that they didn't want to share their experiences, they just wanted to keep it among themselves, among those who'd understand.
K.MarkeyReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Show Everyone Should Watch
Fascinating to see the journals, photos, locations of the soldiers who served. Heartbreaking to see the histories given to these offspring by total strangers. Wars have rippling effects for generations on all sides, causing pain through aggressions, mistakes, abuse of power. IMO, this should be viewed by every person to see the micro-effects and waste, war has on the human spirit and the losses of our full potentials.
E. SegReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting and Informative.
This is an interesting look at the personal history of the grandparents of these people. It's like watching two generations connecting in a new way. It was touching.

I further appreciated seeing all the various angles and hearing the commentary about war...and the need to cherish and encourage peace and value humanity .
flyer-in-minnReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting Ancestry
Watched the first episode and it was very good. I was building the family tree in my head so it would have been nice if they showed the family tree during the episode. Again it is another message to us to remember to ask our ancestors while they are still with us.
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DreReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Personal introductions to some good actors
Nice to learn what each actor holds dear.
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REDReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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