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BBC2 preps Holocaust survivor drama

BBC2 in the UK has ordered a TV movie exploring how child survivors of the Holocaust were looked after in Britain at the end of the Second World War.

Patrick Holland

The Children (1×90’) is being produced by Warner Bros-owned prodco Wall to Wall and Warner Bros International TV Production for the BBC and German broadcaster ZDF. Fremantle will distribute.

The drama is set in 1945 and follows a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, who are taken from Carlisle Airport to the Calgarth Estate near Lake Windermere.

Responsibility for looking after the children falls to Oscar Friedmann, a German-born child social worker and psychoanalyst who faces the unprecedented task of rehabiliting such a large group of children.

The show was written by Simon Block and draws on the first-person testimony of survivors, whose filmed interviews will feature in the film. Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist), Romola Garai (The Miniaturist), Tim McInnerny (Strangers) and Iain Glenn (Game Of Thrones) star.

The show was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.

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