PBS America will premiere the full 18-hour directors’ cut of the critically acclaimed documentary The Vietnam War in April 2018.
PBS America is the new British television channel from America’s Public Service broadcasting and is available in the UK on Freeview (94), Freesat (155), Virgin (276) and Sky (534).
The 10-hour international version of The Vietnam War was broadcast on BBC Four in 2017 and made many Top TV Shows of the year lists. The Guardian newspaper described it as “one of the highest achievements of factual programme-making.”
The series features digitally re-mastered archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, emotive home movies and audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The series was directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
“Ken and I are thrilled that British audiences will be able to watch our full directors’ cut from this April,” says Novick.
“We tried to shed new light on the war by looking at it from the bottom up, the top down, and from all sides.”
“In addition to the dozens of Americans who shared their stories, we interviewed many Vietnamese on both the winning and losing sides and were surprised to learn that the war remains as painful and unresolved for them as it is for us. Within this almost incomprehensibly destructive event, we discovered profound, universal human truths, as well as uncanny resonances with recent events.”
In comments for BBC Radio 4’s The Saturday Review, the author Sebastian Faulks said:
“There is something incredibly inspiring and comforting to think journalism of this quality, this even-handedness, this depth, is still available in the western world today.”
The full 18 hour, 10-part version of The Vietnam War will premiere in the UK on PBS America on Wednesdays at 21.00 (BST) from 11 April 2018.