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Episode 1: Retreat

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Docudrama following events at Dunkirk in May and June 1940.

The Allies in northern France are in retreat, but the Navy only expects to be able to pick up a few soldiers and Churchill is under pressure to make peace in order to save the rest. Alf Tombs's unit helps hold open a corridor to aid the retreat, successfully allowing thousands to escape over 48 hours; on the beaches Captain Tennant makes use of a flimsy pier to speed the evacuation. As the weather changes the pier and the beaches are bombed heavily. Show less


Signalman Wilf Saunders:
Michael Legge
Captain Bill Tennant:
Adrian Rawlins
Vice Admiral Tom Philips:
Geoffrey Kirkness
Private Robert Garside:
Mark Bagnall
Private GDS Gould:
Scott Moutter
Corporal Gill:
Ben Abell
Winston Churchill:
Simon Russell Beale
Anthony Eden:
Jack Fortune
Neville Chamberlain:
Christopher Good
Lord Halifax:
Richard Durden
Clement Atlee:
Richard Atlee
Sergeant Moore:
Lee Ross
Captain James Lynn-Allen:
Daniel Weyman
Signalman Clive Tonry:
Richard Sutton
Captain M Denny:
Nicholas Asbury
Vice Admiral B Ransay:
Richard Bremmer
Commander J Clouston:
William Hope
Alex Holmes
Rob Warr



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