‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom’ to be broadcast on Channel 4 on 30th October

It’s been more than a decade in the making, but I now have a broadcast date and time from leading production company ScreenStory, who made the forthcoming major documentary for Channel 4.

‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom’ is a cinematic telling of the finale in the pursuit and destruction of the German battleship Bismarck in WW2 based on my book of the same name from Agora Books.

It does not spare viewers the harsh reality of war and the story is brought vividly to life for television via use of dramatized scenes and stunning CGI imagery.

Most importantly, it features Royal Navy war veterans who saw the battle up close, and whom I interviewed on camera over several years, with cameraman Stuart Antrobus playing a key part in the project. I will post a blog in the near future on how we went about filming the veterans and also provide some more details on the men too.

Saturday 30th October 2021, 6.55pm Channel 4

In May 1941 the veterans were very young sailors, marines and aviators caught up in the brutal machinery of war. It is their feelings and searingly honest reflections – never before seen on screen – that matter most and are at the heart of the drama.

The book, which was originally published in 2016, was this year re-released in an expanded version, for the 80th anniversary of the famous sea battle. It is mainly based on transcripts of the on-camera interviews

In the new TV documentary naval historians – including myself – provide context and essential background to support the testimony of the war veterans.

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More details on the book ‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom here.


Illustrations: Artwork based on CGI imagery and dramatised scenes from the forthcoming TV documentary ‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom’. Copyright © ScreenStory, 2021.