Main title from the 1973 ‘Alone’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)



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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 51min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, Max Aitken, J R Colville
| E4 | 21st November, 1973

The Battle of Britain, retreats in Greece, Crete and Tobruk, and life in Britain between the evacuation at Dunkirk and Operation Barbarossa

The World at War (1973-74) opening credits
The World at War (1973–74)
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Episode cast

Photo of Laurence Oliver narrating The World at War (1973-4). The actor is in rolled-up shirt sleeves while reading the script in front of a microphone
Himself – Narrator
Max Aitken
Himself – RAF Squadron Leader 1940
J R Colville
Himself – Churchill’s Private Secretary
Anthony Eden
Himself – War Minister 1940 / Foreign Secretary 1940
Adolf Galland
Himself – Luftwaffe Squadron Leader 1940 / Luftwaffe Wing Commander 1941
Charles Gardner
Himself – BBC Reporter
Bertie Good
Himself – Steward, ‘MV Royal Daffodil’
Ray Holmes
Himself – RAF Sergeant Pilot 1940
John McBeath
Himself – Commanding ‘HMS Venomous’
J B Priestley
Himself – Broadcaster
Robert Wright
Himself – Dowding’s Personal Assistant
Lord Beaverbrook
Himself – Minister of Aircraft Production (archive footage)
Winston Churchill
Himself – PM of the UK (archive footage)
Hugh Dowding
Himself – RAF Fighter Command 1936-40 (archive footage)
Hermann Göring
Himself – C-in-C, Luftwaffe (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself – Führer (archive footage)
King George VI
Himself – His Highness (archive footage)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Herself – Her Highness (archive footage)
Archibald Wavell
Himself – Middle East Command (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1973 ‘Alone’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). May 1940-May 1941
Main title from the 1973 ‘Alone’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


David Elstein
Director / Producer
Laurence Thompson


Thames Television
Production company