37 Days is a new, three-part factual drama which reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War One. Filmed entirely in Northern Ireland, 37 Days begins on Thursday 6th March at 9pm on BBC Two.
A stellar cast, led by Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Tim Pigott-Smith (Spooks), heads up this political thriller which follows the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4 August.
37 Days is produced by the multi award-winning Hardy Pictures and received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Written by Mark Hayhurst, this tense and gripping series set among the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world’s first global war.
Such a disaster did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort and terrific ingenuity, as well as staggering bad luck, to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon.
With scripts written from original primary source research, the production also stars Sinead Cusack (Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty), Bill Paterson (Law & Order UK, The Man Who Crossed Hitler), Nicholas Farrell (Secret State, Torchwood, Chariots Of Fire), Kenneth Cranham (The Night Watch, Rome) and rising star James McArdle (Love And Marriage, Appropriate Adult), as well as a leading cast from Germany and France.