In this brand-new history series, Dermot O’Leary teams up with former Royal Marine, Arthur Williams and military historian, Lucy Betteridge-Dyson to count down the 48 hours that secured victory in three of the most famous battles in British history: Dunkirk, Waterloo and The Somme.
For the 48-hour window, the team track the key movements on both sides. Dermot will be telling the human stories and revealing what it was really like for ordinary people on the ground in the thick of the action. In the war room, Arthur unpicks what the enemy was doing, and Lucy reveals the British movements.
As Dermot, Arthur and Lucy put these iconic battles under the microscope, they access personal artefacts and records, revealing the secrets and untold stories of these critical hours – full of the triumph and tragedy of war.
With Arthur in the air and Lucy on the ground, they deep-dive into the tactics, technologies, tricks and resources that both sides used both in the UK and in France/Belgium, while Dermot meets descendants and experts to tell the untold stories of extraordinary heroes.
Incredible archive and cutting-edge GFX delivered in our war room studio brings to life the defence and invasion tactics employed on both sides and emphasises why our 48-hour window is so critical when it comes to victory and defeat.
Together Dermot, Arthur and Lucy debunk theories, uncover strategies, identify monumental mistakes and immerse themselves completely in these epic and bloody battles.