Picks and Pans Review: Finest Hour

updated 07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2000 01:00AM

PBS (Mon., July 10 and 17, 9 p.m. ET)

If you liked World War II, you'll love...no, that's the wrong way to put it. But those who saw Saving Private Ryan or read The Greatest Generation won't want to miss this stirring two-part documentary on the Battle of Britain. Using archival footage, personal testimony and understated dramatic re-creations, producer Phil Craig (The Vietnam War: A Descent into Hell) brings to life a parlous seven-month period in 1940 when the United Kingdom—woefully outmanned and outgunned—stood alone in blocking Nazi Germany's path to world domination. Along with the ringing words of Winston Churchill (and the worshipful recollections of his secretary), you'll hear the accounts of average Brits—a salty seaman, a modest air ace, a servicewoman in love with a fighter pilot—who did their bit when bravery was the norm.

Bottom Line: V for Victory

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