Previews The Trench Premieres on Channel 4 28 November 2002 Published 16 years ago on November 22, 2002 “A real-time re-enactment of an unspeakable, horrendous event” What was life like for soldiers who served in the trenches of the First World War? In October 2001, 85 years after the bloody Battle of the Somme, where the British alone suffered 60,000 casualties, 24 volunteers signed up to recreate the experience of trench life. The volunteers, all of similar ages and occupations as the original platoon, The 10th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (known as the Hull Pals), are recruited from Hull and East Yorkshire. For two weeks they will experience at first hand the harsh realities of eating, sleeping and living as soldiers during the First World War. With their day-to-day life dictated by the Regimental War Diary of the original Battalion, the modern-day Hull Palls will spend 14 days in an authentically constructed trench system in Northern France. Before being transferred to the Trench, they spend 11 days with the Army at Catterick Infantry Training Centre learning basic military discipline and necessary skills such as trench repairs, anti-gas drills and sentry duties. The trench itself comprises of a 60-yard front line and 120 yards of communication channels. It was built using Royal Engineers’ drawings. In the trench, the men are under the command of a serving Army officer, supported by expert members of the Association for Military Remembrance (the Khaki Chums) who take on the role of NCOs. Throughout the series, rarely seen archival footage is used to authenticate the experience as is poignant testimony from specially shot interviews with veterans – men who are now over 100 years old, but whose memories of those appalling times are still astonishingly vivid. The volunteers quickly form close friendships and alliances of a type very similar to those forged on the battlefield. The soldiers endure simulated bombardments and gas attacks. They also face up to the loneliness, unpredictability and boredom of life in the trench – a life of unimaginable squalor, hardship, fear and real danger that 60 million men from around the world suffered during the Great War. The three-part series, The Trench, begins Thursday, November 28 at 9 pm ET/PT as a part of History of War Thursdays. Channel 4Documentary Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes8 hours ago Bring It!: Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad (S5EP20 Lifetime Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad: Alumni Kayla and Sunjai arrive at the Dollhouse to help the B-Squad break their... Episodes8 hours ago The Titan Games: The Titan Games Championship (Season Finale NBC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) The Titan Games Championship: After thousands of hopefuls applied, a field of 64 exceptional athletes has been narrowed down to... Episodes8 hours ago How to Get Away with Murder: Please Say No One Else Is Dead (Season finale ABC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Please Say No One Else Is Dead: Annalise and her team need to get to the truth before the truth... Episodes8 hours ago Flack: Episode Two (Pop Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Episode Two: Robyn tries to distract the press from the fact that her pop star client is being dropped by... Episodes8 hours ago Better Things: Chicago (S3EP1 FX Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Chicago: Sam and Max go on a trip. Written by Pamela Adlon Directed by Pamela Adlon Airdate: Thursday 28 February... search EPISODES Episodes8 hours ago Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Therapist (S6EP8 NBC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) The Therapist: Jake and Gina revisit their past when they attend their 20th high school reunion with Amy; at the... Episodes8 hours ago Beat Bobby Flay: Off to the Races (S19EP8 FoodTV Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Off to the Races: Haitian chef Jouvens Jean takes on Francophile and Seattle restaurateur Bruce Naftaly to see who will... Episodes8 hours ago Legacies: There’s a Mummy on Main Street (S1EP12 The CW Thurs 28 Feb 2019) There’s a Mummy on Main Street: When the urn goes missing, Alaric (Matthew Davis), Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), Josie (Kaylee... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.