The Great War: The People’s Story (2014)

Claire Foy is playing Helen Bentwich (series regular)
Based on real letters...

The Great War: The People’s StoryTV Premiere: UK: August 10, 2014 on ITV / US: TBA
DVD Release: UK: TBA / US: TBA
Created by: n/a
Starring:

Daniel Mays, Matthew McNulty, Myanna Buring, Adam Byron, Lily Loveless, Rosalind March, Adrian Scarborough, Alison Steadman, Romola Garai, Jo Stone-Fewings, Tom Turner, Jonathan Bullock, Giles Anderson, Brian Cox, Claire Foy, Amy Morgan, James Norton, Alison Steadman, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Tuppence Middleton, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Gerard Kearns, Harry Miller


Based Upon: real letters
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 minutes per episode
Rating: UK: unknown / US: unknown



Plot Outline

The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].

With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.

These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings, offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.

Claire's Role

Claire Foy plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union.

Episodes featuring Claire Foy

Episode Four (1.04 - Aired on August 31, 2014)
Directed by Paul Copeland
Written by
Additional Episode Cast

Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Duff Cooper), Tuppence Middleton (Lady Diana Manners), Claire Foy (Helen Bentwich), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Arthur Roberts), Alison Steadman (Hallie Miles), Adrian Scarborough (Winston Churchill), Gerard Kearns (Ted Poole), Harry Miller (Thomas Poole)


Synopsis

1917. War is in its darkest phase. Everyone knows victory can only come at a long, slow, and painful cost. So many lives have been lost that now men previously exempted from military service – because of their age or because their jobs were considered vital to the war effort – are called up. We hear the stories of three of them: the black Glasgow shipbuilder Arthur Roberts (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), sent into the Battle of Passchendaele; Duff Cooper (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) the dashing and debonair lover of Lady Diana Manners (Tuppence Middleton), the daughter of the Duke of Rutland; and Londoner Ted Poole (Gerard Kearns), just 18 and the last of his fathers’ sons left alive.

Episode Three (1.03 - Aired on August 24, 2014)
Directed by Paul Copeland
Written by
Additional Episode Cast

Brian Cox (Rev. Andrew Clark), Claire Foy (Helen Bentwich), Amy Morgan (Emily Chitticks), James Norton (Will Martin), Alison Steadman (Hallie Miles)


Synopsis

This episode shifts its focus to a changing Britain, and the lives of those left behind at home. Claire Foy plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union. Brian Cox plays the country vicar Andrew Clark, whose wry and funny diary is marked by increasing sadness as ore and more men leave his village for war, never to return. The fighting is entering its darkest phase – with all hopes for a quick end dashed – but still life and love goes on… Emily Chitticks (Amy Morgan) is a servant girl whose fallen in love with Will Martin (James Norton), a soldier at a local barracks. But soon the call will come for him to go to France too…

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