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  • Actors: Saskia Reeves, Owen Teale, Julia Ford, Clare Holman, James Wilby
  • Directors: Christopher Morahan, Gavin Millar, Peter Lydon, Thaddeus O'Sullivan
  • Writers: Elizabeth Bowen, Harold Pinter, Nella Last, Stephen Mallatratt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 597 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y06VE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wartime Britain" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Harold Pinter biography
  • Text interview with Victoria Wood
  • Cast reflections Filmographies
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Photo gallery
  • Historical background information

Editorial Reviews

Three stories of bravery and betrayal set during Britain’s finest hour

The Heat of the Day Adapted by Harold Pinter, Elizabeth Bowen’s story of love and war is set at the apex of World War II. Stella Rodney (Patricia Hodge, Rumpole of the Bailey) faces an impossible choice: take up with a stranger (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter) or expose her lover’s (Michael York, Cabaret) possible treason. DVD debut. Approx. 106 min. SDH subtitles.

Housewife, 49 Based on a real-life wartime diary, this acclaimed drama stars Emmy® nominee Victoria Wood (Dinnerladies) as an introverted woman who comes alive as a volunteer on the home front. Approx. 93 min.

Island at War An accomplished ensemble cast--including James Wilby (Gosford Park) and Philip Glenister (Life on Mars)--reveals the trials, tribulations, and temptations of Britons on a tiny Channel Island during the German occupation. Approx. 398 min. on 3 discs. [closed captioned]

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 11, 2010
3 WWII dramas of the British part of the war superbly done. One is a Masterpiece Theatre miniseries, one a PBS Masterpiece Theatre drama, & one based on the actual diary of a UK housewife. Parts fictional take a realistic view of life on England's soil during the years of the war. More important, each also delve into the thinking and emotions of citizens, English and German, and the tense relationships that occurred. Both personal and historic struggles are played out in these 3 tales of life in the 1940s.

is a dramatization of the living conditions on the Channel Islands, just off the French coast, after British troops left for the mainland leaving behind tens of thousands of British citizens to face eminent Nazi occupation, landing July 2,1940.
Episode #1 introduces main characters played by a stellar cast including Sen. Dorr, the primary British citizen (James Wilby-Gosford Park) and Nazi Baron Von Rheingarten (Philip Glenister-Life on Mars-another good period DVD set). Occupation begins with a harbor bombing during attempted civilian evacuations.
Ep. #2 has a German killed. English spies arrive to collect intelligence while locals learn to accept the invading Germans, reluctantly. Bravery will be a test.
Ep. #3 finds the 2 spies forced into hiding on a coastal farm while the local photo shop once owned by J. Isaaks (Jew who escaped prior to occupation) is changed to A.&J. Mahy, daughters of a man given the shop but killed in the pier raid.
Ep. #4 One spy turns himself in & confesses to killing a German to save the retaliatory execution of 10 islanders. The 2nd spy is yet sought. Local female "fraternizing" becomes an issue, Jerry-bags.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Austen on March 18, 2010
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A excellent group of (3) dvds. Housewife 49 is a quiet study of a woman's life and marriage during WWII. Based on a real person who was part of a voluteer group who sent in their diary entries to a government agency to record their impressions and feelings about the war. Island at War deals with the Germans holding the British Channel Islands for the length of WWII, a little known part of WWII history. I haven't had a chance to view the Michael York movie so I am unable to review it at this time.
I bought this item on Amazon at a good price and received it promptly and in great shape. I would use this seller again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robreed on May 9, 2011
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The main reason for purchasing ACORN Media's trilogy package, Wartime Britain, is to obtain the multi-segment Island at War. That film is a dramatic look at a little know component of WWII: story telling ideas that appear to preceed the lovely book, "The Gurnsey Literary and Potato-peel Pie Society." The video is satisfying in nearly every aspect but one: The description at Amazon and on the ACORN video box asserts CC/closed captioning. There is no closed captioning on the Island at War disc. Hard of hearing potential customers BEWARE.
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