BBC pays tribute to British war dead

'Fallen' looks at Iraq, Afghanistan conflict

LONDON — Every single British serviceman and woman who has died in the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be remembered in an “epic” BBC television documentary.

“The Fallen,” helmed by feted British filmmaker Morgan Matthews, is one of the tentpoles of BBC2’s fall season, announced Thursday.

Made in association with Matthews’ shingle Minnow Films, the three-hour feature-style program spans the last seven years of conflict and features testimonies from the families and loved ones of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BBC2 controller Roly Keating said: “ ‘The Fallen’ remembers all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and we hope will go some way toward creating a televisual memorial.

“It’s a hugely moving and dignified account of what it means to lose someone you love to conflict and wholly worthy of the three hours of primetime television we will be dedicating to it.”

Other fall fare on the BBC2 web includes another docu likely to become a talking point, “WWII — Behind Closed Doors,” made by award-winning filmmaker Laurence Rees.

The program deploys archive material to reveal Stalin’s unlikely relationships, not only with Roosevelt and Churchill, but also with Hitler.

Former members of Stalin’s secret police are interviewed as they speak for the first time in front of a camera.

Other docus include “British Style Genius,” examining Brit fashion through the ages, and “The American Future — A History,” which will follow the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

BBC2’s fall schedule also sees the third series of “Heroes,” by far and away the web’s most successful acquisition in recent years.

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