Secrets of the Dead

  • 2000
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series.

Season 4, Episode 1 Bridge on the River Kwai

First Aired: November 12, 2003

Alec Guinness isn't in this “Bridge on the River Kwai”: it's a documentary about how the Thai “death railway” was built and destroyed (by U.S. “smart bombs”) during World War II. The construction, in dense jungle with few resources, took “first-rate engineering,” says engineer Bashar Altabba. It also took some 250,000 slave laborers, many of them Allied POWs, working under brutal conditions. (In one chilling clip, from the 1980s, a Japanese camp commandant proffers a rationalization.)

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  • Premiered: May 15, 2000
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series. (more)

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