Documentary Premieres and New to TVO Programming

Royal Cousins at War

Mondays November 3 & 10 at 10:00 p.m.

The First World War brought the demise of many of Europe's Royal Houses. King George V, Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II each contributed to their own humiliation. By mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy. Monarchy, for centuries the prime form of governance in Europe, was finished as a serious political force.

Churchill's First World War

Tuesday November 11 at 9:00 p.m.

Disgraced by disasters in the Gallipoli wars, and with his political reputation in tatters, Churchill was all but finished. Explore a re-evaluation of the epic and traumatic experiences of Winston Churchill in the First World War, and his contributions as Britain’s greatest warlord.

Art of War

Thursday November 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Impressionists, Expressionists, Realists, Cubists and Futurists all contributed accurate and intense images from the First World War battlefields. They transformed the world of art and changed the way images of war are portrayed.

Secret Iraq

Mondays November 17 & 24 at  10:00 p.m.

Explore the story of Iraq since it was invaded, an authoritative account of what happened and what went wrong, not from the perspective of London and Washington, but from the killing grounds of Iraq. 

Encore Remembrance Viewing 

Apocalypse World War I

This five part series explores how such a cruel and far-reaching conflict as World War I occured; how men and women endured this atrocity for four long years and whether the sacrifice of an entire generation could have been avoided? 


Sunday November 2 at 10:00 p.m.

On June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is assassinated by a Bosnian nationalist. It triggers the most disastrous conflict the world has ever known.


Sunday November 9 at 10:00 p.m.

The French stop the German advance in the Battle of the Marne. Italians, Ottoman Turks and Bulgarians enter the war. The French and British call upon their colonies. When Canadians, Australians, New-Zealanders, Senegalese, Moroccans, and Algerians enter the conflict, the war becomes global.


Sunday November 16 at 10:00 p.m.

1916 the war is raging and stretches from the trenches in France to the Italian Alps and the Balkans. Millions of shells rain down on the battlefields: Verdun and the Somme are the deadliest battles in the second year of the war.


Sunday November 23 at 10:00 p.m.

1917, unrest is everywhere from the frontline to the home front. German submarine attacks in the Atlantic will finally pull the Americans into the war, but they arrive too late to help prevent the carnage of the Battle of Passchendaele.


Sunday November 30 at 10:00 p.m.

All seems lost for the Allies. The Italians are defeated at Caporetto, and a Bolshevik Russia pulls out of the war. But American reinforcements are decisive and the Allies emerge victorious. On November 11, 1918 on the battlefields of France, bugles are blown marking the armistice. But the scars of battle will fester. 


Wednesday November 5th at 9:00 p.m.

An idealistic young woman leads a defiant resistance in Nazi Germany. But her anti-war activities and work with P.O.W.s lead to dire consequences. 

Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children

Wednesday November 12 at 9:00 p.m.

His global mission to eradicate the use of child soldiers renews forrmer UN Force Commander Roméo Dallaire's will to live after the genocide in Rwanda he couldn't stop.


Wednesday November 26 at 9:00 p.m.

The title for the controversial film is taken from the name of the Danish military base in Afghanistan. The scene showing the debriefing of Denmark's soldiers after they survived a Taliban ambush, embroiled the Danish military in questions about appropriate behavior and response to combat situations.

Streaming Videos Available Now

Allan Gregg in Conversation with Dan Bjarnason & Lynne Olson

The authors discuss their books "Triumph at Kapyong," about Korea, Canada's forgotten war, and "Citizens of London," about surviving Britain's darkest hour.

The Sinking of the Laconia

The captain of a German U-boat torpedoes an enemy troop carrier. Then in an about face, saves the lives of those who nearly perish. (See part 2)

War in the Mind

Soldiers thoughts on war experience and the therapeutic treatment they undergo to help erase the stigma of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.