The Seventies is a new four- part documentary series that examines the individuals and events that influenced and shaped a decade that had a profound impact on America and the world. In the first episode, a poorly executed political burglary leads Richard Nixon to be the only president in the history of the United States to resign while in office. Then, the 70's introduces a new sophistication in TV programming and unique new formats with shows like Saturday Night Live, and Monday Night Football.
This final episode looks at how the terrorism we know today was essentially born in the 1970s. From the abduction and murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics to the murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten, a member of the British royal family, in 1979, the 1970s witnessed a horrific parade of kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. The second half of the episode explores American popular music and how it exploded into new formats while established artists found new creative voices.
In the 1970s television matured into the medium we know today. There was a new candor to network programming as reflected in shows like MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the half-hour comedies of Norman Lear. The miniseries and the made-for-TV movie were born as was Monday Night Football and Saturday Night Live.
This film follows Britain's iconic prime minister, Winston Churchill, in the days before the D-day landings in June 1944. As Allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill's decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from WWI on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents, General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery.