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An upcoming episode of history-genealogy documentary series My Grandparents’ War features Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas. Check out an exclusive clip with her.

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My Grandparents’ War: Kristin Scott Thomas — Photo courtesy of Wild Pictures

In the first episode of My Grandparents’ War, two-time Academy Awards® nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, The King’s Speech) learned that her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother had helped to save countless lives during World War II. The effects of what these two individuals, in danger themselves, contributed and accomplished has continued into successive generations.

The history-genealogy documentary series continues for the next three Sundays, with the episodes featuring Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall) and Academy Awards nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, An Education) bookending the one centered on Oscar-, Golden Globes®- and Emmy®-nominated and BAFTA-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral).

In it Kristin learns for the first time details about her grandfather’s experiences during World War II, which he had never spoken about. William Scott Thomas had served as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy throughout the war, and had survived some of the most devastating battles, including Dunkirk and D-Day. For Kristin, her journey of discovery provides her with heretofore unknown details about her grandpa and introduces her to the families of people he had saved and the veterans who had served alongside him.

Below is an exclusive clip from the third episode of My Grandparents’ War, which shows Kristin Scott Thomas, moved to tears, as she learns about the horrors of the Russian Arctic convoys that her grandfather had endured during the war. She also gets a firsthand account of what British sailors endured, as she reads a harrowing diary entry from a sailor who had traveled on the same convoys as William Scott Thomas, who ultimately helped to save thousands of lives during the Second World War.

My Grandparents’ War continues with the “Mark Rylance” episode this Sunday, April 11, followed by those featuring Kristin Scott Thomas on April 18 and Carey Mulligan on April 25. All three will air at 8 PM ET on PBS (check your local listings) and be available for streaming on PBS.org and via the PBS app on the same dates.


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