Never before seen first-hand testimony of a famous sea fight
by veterans who saw combat against a legendary WW2 battleship
From my early days of cinema-going when I was a lad and collected lobby cards – promotional postcards from films such as the ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘A Bridge Too Far’ scattered around the lobbies of movie houses – I have dreamed of playing a key role in delivering a true story of the Second World War to the screen.
Now it gives me great pleasure to share with you a ‘lobby card’ from the forthcoming documentary ‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom’, which is soon to be broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4.
‘Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom’ is a cinematic telling of the epic finale in the pursuit and destruction of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941 and is based on my book of the same name.
It was recently published by Agora Books in a new/expanded edition to mark the 80th anniversary of the Bismarck Action, one of the pivotal moments in naval history.
The ‘lobby card’ seen here provides a visual taster of scenes in the TV programme, produced by showrunner David Gilbert – who has been awesome in his commitment to the project as has the superb team at Screenstory, with whom I have worked.
The story is brought vividly to life for television via use of dramatized scenes and stunning CGI imagery. Above all it features war veterans who saw the battle up close, and whom I interviewed on camera over several years to make sure they could give us their account directly.
Their never before broadcast eye witness testimony – as some of the few people to actually see how the famous battle between Bismarck and the Royal Navy unfolded at close quarters – is both powerful and deeply moving.
In the forthcoming documentary the veterans’ accounts are enhanced by insights from naval historians – including myself – to fill in essential background detail.
I will in coming weeks release more news, including broadcast date, on the TV programme plus post further blogs on both the television programme and the book.