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The Relief of Belsen

120’ minute drama, broadcast 15th October 2007.

Winner Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards 2008
Nominated Best Drama Documentary, Grierson Awards 2008
Nominated Best Specialist Factual, BAFTA Awards 2008
Nominated Best History Film, Royal Television Society Awards 2008
Nominated Best Single Drama, Televisual Awards 2008

April 17th 1945. The Battle for Berlin raged through Northern Germany. But a British Ambulance unit was diverted from the frontline to handle an unfolding medical crisis.

The liberation of Belsen did not bring an end to the death toll. Instead, it was the start of a humanitarian catastrophe. 40,000 prisoners trapped in a man-made camp of indescribable squalor; deprived of food, clothing and basic medical care.

In the space of one month an international team of doctors and nurses battled against logistical hurdles and administrative red tape to save thousands of lives and build the largest hospital in Europe.

This powerful medical drama starring Iain Glen, Jemma Redgrave, Nigel Lindsay, Tobias Menzies and Corin Redgrave, takes us behind-the-scenes of one of the most awesome emergency rescue operations in history.

The Relief of Belsen Reviews

"Covering a period of a month after the British liberated Bergen-Belsen, this captivating drama-doc has a certain epic quality. The film packs a powerful punch and is a reminder that we yearn for happy endings in stories because there aren't any in life."

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