The BEST episodes of Dunkirk

Every episode of Dunkirk ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dunkirk!

What happened at Dunkirk in May 1940 must go down as one of the greatest escapes of all time. A third of a million British soldiers were facing annihilation but just days later the majority had been rescued and Churchill had delivered his most famous speech, vowing never to surrender. Through the use of hybrid drama and documentary techniques, this BBC television docudrama series offers a unique perspective and a true understanding of what actually happened. Dramatic stories, sourced from the accounts of men involved, and shot in documentary style, are put in context by archive footage, maps, CGI and commentary.

Last Updated: 2/15/2024Network: BBC OneStatus: Ended
70 votes

#1 - Retreat

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/18/2004

A rearguard action is put in place to hold the Germans back, allowing the bulk of the army to make its way to Dunkirk. Operation Dynamo swings into action, masterminded by the cool and efficient Admiral Ramsay. Meanwhile in London, Churchill fends off a drive by Lord Halifax to sue for peace. As the drama begins to escalate, three soldiers,Wilf, Clive and Titch, man a signals truck on what will become the front line of the German attack.

Directors: Alex Holmes
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36 votes

#2 - Deliverance

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/3/2004

This episode details the last desperate efforts to get away and tells the stories of those who were left behind. One of those who stay behind is Dr Newman. He struggles to get the remaining wounded away as the Germans bear down on Dunkirk. Only a few hundred men are left to face the Germans as the finally enter the town. But some 325,000 men have been saved.

Directors: Alex Holmes
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37 votes

#3 - Evacuation

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/25/2004

The reality of the war hits home back in England as the fisherman of Leighon-Sea have their boats requisitioned by the navy. Many volunteer to go with their vessels. Churchill, much to the dismay of the organisers of Operation Dynamo, promises the French to save their army as well. As the rescue mission gets under way properly, the Leigh fisherman, their boats packed with soldiers, start for home. Not all will make it though.

Directors: Alex Holmes
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