Turn­ing points

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The Day When… TV Yes­ter­day Sched­uled for Wed­nes­day 21 Fe­bru­ary

You don’t have to sub­scribe to the ‘great man’ the­ory of his­tory to re­alise there are times when one leader’s ac­tions pro­foundly shape what will fol­low. This new se­ries uses ar­chive ma­te­rial and drama­ti­sa­tions to hone in on days key to the course of the Sec­ond World War. It be­gins with Win­ston Churchill’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep fight­ing in 1940, even as Hitler’s armies con­quered western Europe in the blitzkrieg of­fen­sive. The sec­ond episode fo­cuses on Charles de Gaulle and his de­ci­sion to fly to Bri­tain to be­come leader of the Free French rather than sign up to a re­quest for an armistice.

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