Sinead Cusack, Bill Paterson to star in new BBC2 drama ’37 Days’

New First World War drama ’37 Days’ for BBC2.

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BBC Two has commissioned new drama serial, ’37 Days’ from writer Mark Hayhurst (Hitler On Trial) and Hardy Pictures.

The factual drama reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the outbreak of the First World War and stars a stellar cast, including Ian McDiarmid, Sinead Cusack, Tim Pigott-Smith, Bill Paterson and Kenneth Cranham.

Covering the final weeks before the outbreak of war, 37 Days follows the rapidly changing crisis through the eyes of the principal players, during a hot summer, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4 August.

The drama serial will overturn orthodox assumptions about the war’s inevitability. Such a disaster did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort and terrific ingenuity, as well as staggering bad luck, to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon.