Peter Jackson’s First World War Film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Premieres On BBC Two In November

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31 Oct 18

Peter Jackson’s stunning First World War movie ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ will premiere on BBC Two this November the broadcaster has announced.

The incredible movie uses footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive, along with audio from BBC archives, which has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail. It also uses voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation.

“I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more – rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film,” comments Jackson about the movie. “By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of100-year-old cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it.”

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Peter Jackson and Clare Olssen and edited by Jabez Olssen. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, and commissioned by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, for BBC television.

“It’s a great honour to broadcast Peter Jackson’s extraordinary film, which brings the realities of World War One vividly to life,” adds Tom McDonald, BBC Commissioner.

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ premieres Sunday, 11th November 2018 at 9.30pm on BBC Two.

Complementing the broadcast premiere of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, a special behind-the-scenes 30-minute Peter Jackson documentary under the ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’ strand, will be broadcast on Monday, 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm on BBC Four.