Al Murray's Road to Berlin

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As an Oxford history graduate/comedian Al Murray is asked to present a 10 part series tracing the Allies progress from the beaches of Normandy to the fall of Berlin. He sets out to discover the realities of wartime life for the men whose year-long campaign finally defeated Hitler. It's a campaign that sees him leaping from landing craft into icy waters, parachuting into Arnhem and learning how to drive original WWII tanks.

Episode Description

1

D-Day

The funnyman drives his Jeep along one of the British invasion beaches where he meets the four surviving crew members who manned a Bren gun carrier from the First Suffolk Regiment during World War Two.

2

The Battle for Normandy

The comedian drives through bocage country with D-Day survivors from the 2nd Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

3

The Push for Paris

Meeting those who defeated the 12th SS Panzer Division. Survivors reveal how the Allies suffered relatively few losses in their campaign to decimate the 12th SS Panzer Division.

4

Hitler's Terror Weapon

Hitler's high-tech weapons of mass destruction. The intrepid comic visits rocket bunkers along the Franco-Belgian coast, meeting former PoWs who were forced to assemble Hitler's hi-tech weaponry.

5

Arnhem

The comedian skydives with survivors of the 1st Parachute Brigade, who jumped into the bloody battle at Arnhem during World War Two.

6

Air War

The comedian talks to Lancaster bomber crewmen, RAF pilots of World War Two share their recollections with the comedian, who finds out what the Lancaster bomber was like to fly.

7

The Battle of the Bulge

The comedian meets a German tank crew in the Ardennes. The comedian climbs into the cockpit of one of their machines, similar to the ones used in the Battle of the Bulge.

8

The Eastern Front

The comedian meets Polish survivors of the Eastern Front and hitches a ride in a T34 tank, the leading vehicle with tracks used during World War Two.

9

Crossing the Rhine

The comic actor meets survivors of the 1st Commando and 1st Cheshire Regiments, reuniting them with survivors of the 21st Army Group, whom they fought alongside.

10

The Battle for Berlin

Roving comic Al Murray finally arrives in Berlin, the comic actor visits the site of Hitler's bunker and meets survivors of the final siege on Berlin.