Churchill: Destiny, Part 1

Churchill: Destiny, Part 1

Sunday, Auguts 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Explore the life and legend of Winston Churchill: soldier, adventurer, politician and author.

The first of three riveting episodes recounts Churchill’s early life — his aristocratic birth, his search for glory on the battlefield, his rise up the political ladder and his fall from it.

By his 55th birthday in 1931, Churchill had fought in five wars, contested 14 elections and raised a family of five children. This descendant of the famous Duke of Marlborough believed he was destined for greatness.

His election to parliament in 1900 began a controversial and checkered political career that lasted 60 years. This episode follows his journey from young Conservative star to leading Liberal social reformer, from the disgraced head of the British Royal Navy in World War I to the senior position of Chancellor of the Exchequer. The program ends in 1931, when Churchill is no longer part of the national government.

Photo: Churchill in 1901 at age 27.