'Their Finest Hour', a Tom Brokaw Documentary to Premiere Saturday, During NBC's Primetime Coverage of the Olympics

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August 9th, 2012

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***NBC Olympics Programming Note*** “Their Finest Hour,” a Tom Brokaw Documentary, to Premiere Saturday, During NBC’s Primetime Coverage of the London Olympics




“Their Finest Hour” Honoring Host Country, Great Britain, to Air on NBC this Saturday 8-9 p.m. ET/PT to Lead off NBC’s Primetime Broadcast



LONDON - August 9, 2012 – “Their Finest Hour,” a Tom Brokaw documentary in honor of host country Great Britain, will premiere this Saturday, 8-9 p.m. ET/PT, during NBC’s primetime coverage of the London Olympics.


In Tom Brokaw’s words, “Their Finest Hour” explores the debt Americans owe to the British people. In 1940 and 1941, just prior to the United States entering World War II, Britain miraculously stood firm against Nazi terror. And, as historian Anthony Beevor states in the documentary, Hitler would have ruled all of Europe, and there would have been very little the United States could have done about it.


"Their Finest Hour" was shot across Britain in London, Dover, Coventry, Portsmouth, Bladon and Cambridge over the course of two years. Assistants to the producers engaged in a worldwide search for supporting archival footage. In particular, with more than 25 different sources, the documentary uses a vast amount of recently discovered color film footage of the period that had been forgotten for decades. Airing the day before the Closing Ceremony, “Their Finest Hour” is a tribute to England as the host of the 2012 Olympics. It is powerful and insightful, shedding light on a piece of history that may be unknown to the American viewer.


Co-produced by NBC Olympics Story Editor and Senior Producer Brian Brown, and Executive Editor Joe Gesue, “Their Finest Hour” is one in a series of documentaries that Brown, Gesue and Brokaw have collaborated on over the years. Past work included a documentary about Gander, Newfoundland, during the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, where planes headed for the U.S. on 9/11 landed and remained for days.


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NBCUniversal, presenting its 13th Olympics, the most by any U.S. media company, will make an unprecedented 5,535 hours of the 2012 London Olympics coverage available across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours.



  • Ken Seech

    Did Tom Brokaw have to milk the “greatest generation” again? The Olympics needn’t be another opportunity for Tom to earn a paycheck, dredging up the terrible experiences of WWII. Couldn’t we focus on all the nations coming together peacefully to compete. We should focus on the athletes and their paths to living their dreams. We can remember the experiences of death and division another time. The Olympics mean so much more than that.

  • Barb Beagle

    Reality is always harsh. There wouldn’t be an Olympics if it weren’t for the evnts Brokaw so eloquently reminds us about.

  • wayne

    where can I find a copy “their finest hour” to either purchase or record?

  • Lionel Machado

    Amazing! What were the three hymns that Churchill used to get to FDR’s
    heart? One was Onward Christian Soldiers. The other two?

  • cynthia smith

    I was in awe of your remarkable program UK ww11. I watched Coventry burn for three days and three nights. I would like to get in touch with the gentleman you intervied,Tom. At the time of that terrible night. i was 9 years of age and he was 7. I am 81 and live inSFO. Can you help me with a contact. thank you. Unless you lived through it all…you have no idea how horrible it all was. You did a great job.

  • Leslie Stoddard

    Will “their tiniest hour” be re-aired? Thanks!

  • Don Barton


    In response to your inquiry, the three hymns selected by Churchill were “Onward, Christian Soldiers”, “O God Our Help In Ages Past”, and “Eternal Father, Strong To Save”. Churchill would later write about the Sunday worship service held on 10 August 1941 “Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live.”

  • Neil

    When will this show be rebroadcast?

  • jOAN

    When will Their Finest Hour be rebroadcast? Is there any other way to see it?

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