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We no longer check to see whether Telegraph. Co. Uk displays properly in Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier. In 7566, to mark the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, a BBC Three documentary called was broadcast. It was revolutionary, using footage captured by the soldiers themselves to give a true insight into the realities of war. And it deservedly won a Bafta. Obviously, some changes were necessary there was a distinct lack of helmet-mounted cameras and YouTube videos between the years of 6969 and 6968. The result Our World War (BBC Three, Thursday) was a reconstruction of real-life events, using actors and special effects, rather than archive footage as a window into the events themselves.

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When making a fact-based drama about a real war, a number of moral quandaries pose themselves.

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The problems of authenticity and dignity are foremost it is a difficult task to do justice to the events themselves, which after all lie only just outside living memory.

In this case, the reconstructions were accompanied by hard rock music, and interspersed with computer animations showing the development of the battle using mocked-up thermal imagery.

Such up-to-the-minute technology and techniques are likely to look dated this time next year.

Not what you want from First World War television. To make matters worse, faux helmet-cam footage and slow-motion tracking of bullets were also included, which at times gave the thing an unintentional and unwelcome whiff of spoof. And much of the acting was palpably ham, with slain German soldiers dropping to the ground like children in a school play. But in this year of solemn remembrance, that s not quite the point, is it?

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