Picks and Pans Review: American Television Viewers Have Become Accustomed to Remarkable Historical Documentaries, but This 8-Hour Series on World War I, Coproduced by Kcet/los Angeles, the Bbc and England's Imperial War Museum, Is a Magnificent Achievemen

updated 11/11/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/11/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

life through vintage film and photos, interviews with leading historians, letters, poems and diaries. The series stands out for its grasp of the Great War's social impact and for its use of 43 distinguished actors, including Louis Gossett Jr., Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren, as the voices of major historical witnesses. Timed to debut on Veterans Day, this is television at its best.

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