'The Queen at War'
(Phyllis Logan, et al / DVD / PG / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: Princess Elizabeth was a child of thirteen on September 3, 1939, when her father King George VI informed the people that Britain was at war.
This revelatory documentary tells the story of the Queen's experiences during WWII and how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by the war.
DVD Verdict: In technicolor beauty, 'The Queen at War' reveals how Princess Elizabeth's wartime experiences prepared her for the longest and most successful reign in British history.
From looking after evacuees to making radio broadcasts, from starring in pantomimes to joining the armed forces - over five years Princess Elizabeth graduated from innocent child to Queen-in-waiting.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey notes, "When you look at the reasons why she's done the job so well, it all goes back to those years, to the sense of duty, to the empathy with the nation, and being shaped by this great national ordeal and great national triumph."
Produced by Christopher Bruce and narrated by Phyllis Logan, we got a peak into The Queen's personal experiences during the war, most all that reflected the wider experiences of the public.
She too was evacuated and her home bombed; she lost a family member, and she volunteered in service to the war effort.
In 'The Queen at War,' we hear from people who were with her, as well as from historians, journalists and royal commentators as they reveal how these years were so formative for Elizabeth and how, in many ways, it led to the Queen we know today.
And extraordinary archival footage bring the Queen's war to life, showing us what it was really like to experience the Blitz from inside Buckingham Palace, and demonstrating the role the Queen had in inspiring her entire nation. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.