The BBC is set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a mini-series chronicling the event.
The network announced at Cannes' MIPTV conference that it had given the greenlight for a five-part drama entitled "The Great War" as part of BBC One's programming centered on Armistice Week. The series is said to tell the story of one of the bloodiest and devastating wars in history through the eyes of two ordinary young men who enlist in a war they expect to last only a few months. Instead, the boys grow up amid the harsh realities and horrors of war, finding love and friendship along the way.
"The Great War" will be produced by independent production company Red Planet Pictures, with a script penned by "Life on Mars" writer Tony Jordan.
"The First World War is undoubtedly one of the most catastrophic events of modern history with a devastating impact on human life across the world. Often, the sheer magnitude of suffering during this time makes it hard for audiences to understand the very personal pain that was inflicted on countless families and young men," said Jordan.
All five episodes of the mini-series are scheduled to air during Armistice Week 2014, marking the anniversary of one the greatest conflicts of the 20th century.