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My Grandparents' War

Helena Bonham Carter behind headstone that reads, "RAYMOND"
Courtesy of Wild Pictures
Actress Helena Bonham Carter in Stockton, Wiltshire, beside the grave of her father.

Sundays, Apr. 4–25, at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Follow leading Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families and the world.Combining key moments in history with compelling personal stories, My Grandparents’ War is a new four-part series that takes a fascinating journey into the past to understand the extraordinary impact of World War II on the families of four British actors. Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Harry Potter series); Mark Rylance (Dunkirk, Bridge of Spies, Masterpiece: Wolf Hall); Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour, The English Patient) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, The Great Gatsby) host one-hour journeys into their respective family histories as they travel to historic locations, from the beaches of Dunkirk to the former site of a prisoner-of-war camp in Hong Kong, to retrace their grandparents’ footsteps during the conflict that changed their lives forever.

All four Hollywood stars have unanswered questions about the scars the war left on their grandparents. In each episode of My Grandparents’ War, they’ll discover remarkable stories of bravery amid the most harrowing circumstances, uncovering the life-and-death decisions their grandparents were forced to make. The series examines universal themes of love, courage and self-sacrifice through the dramatic human stories of ordinary people caught up in one of the most horrific wars of all time.

Helena Bonham Carter | Sun. Apr. 4
Follow actress Helena Bonham Carter as she explores the heroism of her grandparents during WWII.

Mark Rylance | Sun. Apr. 11
Explore the story of actor Mark Rylance’s grandfather, a prisoner of war in Hong Kong during WWII.

Kristin Scott Thomas | Sun. Apr. 18
Discover how actress Kristin Scott Thomas’ grandfather saved thousands on the beaches of Dunkirk.

Carey Mulligan | Sun. Apr. 25
Follow Carey Mulligan as she learns how her grandfather survived a kamikaze attack during WWII.

My Grandparents’ War is a production of Wild Pictures for Channel 4 Television. It is produced in association with Taphae Productions Limited, in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. It is presented by Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan. It is directed by Francis Hanly, Leo Burley, Laura Nash and Christopher Walker. The Series Producer is Leo Burley. The Executive Producers are Tom Anstiss and Paul Hamann. For THIRTEEN: Lesley Norman is the Executive Producer, and Stephen Segaller is the Executive-in-Charge.

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