Airs Monday, September 23 at 10:00 PM on WVIZ/PBS
The final hour opens with Churchill’s day trip to the Normandy beaches in June 1944. When victory in Europe finally came, Churchill led the celebrations. But in private, he was depressed, brooding about the dangers of Stalin and communism. During a 1951 election he pledged to lead Britain in the post-war age, and determined to forge a peaceful alliance between the two superpowers, the USA and USSR. One month short of his 77th birthday, Churchill became Prime Minister again. But the pressure of leadership quickly began to show and in April 1955, he resigned as Prime Minister. Incredibly, Churchill confided to a friend that he felt he hadn’t achieved anything in his life. He was depressed at the lack of Britain’s power and the death of the British Empire. Churchill was the embodiment of Britain and the age of imperial grandeur. When he died in January 1965, it was not only the end of an incredible life, but the end of an era.