The Passing Bells

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The Passing-Bells is an epic drama set during World War One and told through the eyes of two very ordinary young men who enlist in a war they expect will be over within months. This moving, powerful drama, written by Tony Jordan, is told in five chronological parts spanning the years of the war from 1914 - 1918. As the conflict unfolds, so do the boys’ incredible stories. They grow up amid the horrors of the battlefield, lose friends, and find love. Although centred primarily on the Western Front, it also explores the global nature of the conflict, featuring Gallipoli, the battle of the Somme, the Eastern Front and the arrival of American Forces. The story looks at all aspects of the war - from the families left behind to the strategic decisions by politicians and generals that led to unimaginable bloodshed and the tragedy of the trenches.

Last Updated: 4/14/2022Network: BBC One
Episode 3
116 votes

#1 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/5/2014

1916. Tommy and Michael's regiments face one another on opposite sides of the Somme battlefield.

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Episode 2
131 votes

#2 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/4/2014

1915. On the eastern front, Michael is forced to make a terrible choice, while on the western front Tommy's regiment experiments with a dangerous new weapon.

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Episode 4
109 votes

#3 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/6/2014

1917. Michael is taken prisoner, and Joanna has some big news for Tommy.

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Episode 5
102 votes

#4 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/7/2014

1918. As peace terms are negotiated, Tommy and Michael are still on the front line.

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Episode 1
144 votes

#5 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/3/2014

At the outbreak of war, two teenage boys - one German and one British - defy their parents to sign up. But their enthusiasm is tested when they get their first taste of battle.

Directors: Brendan Maher
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