Band of Brothers is a drama set in World War 2 following Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division. Each show commences with interviews with original members of Easy Company talking about their experiences with the unit during certain times of the war or certain campaigns. Then, it moves into fictionalized recreations of various events. It’s based on the book Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose.
I resisted watching this mini-series for a long time, thinking it may be a bit to gung-ho patriotic for America. When I finally sat down to it, I realised how wrong my expectation had been. It is a deeply moving program that is beautifully written, filmed and produced. The cast is so strong – led by Damian Lewis (who has more recently become a household name in Homeland) with so, so many excellent support actors, too many to name.
If anyone doubts the ability for television to tell a good story, direct them to this. Band of Brothers won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and was nominated for a heap of other awards. It’s an HBO production. No surprise there.