The Big Question - How strong was the wartime friendship between Britain, the USA and the USSR 1941-45?

What you have to do
In your history courses you have probably watched many TV programmes on a wide range of subjects. In this assignment you are going to plan your own TV programme and try to 'sell' your ideas to a TV company.

  • You are producing an analytical programme, so you don't need to tell the story of World War 2, or even the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences.
  • The TV company already has programmes which do this. Your programme is designed to support the TV company's other programmes.

Stage 1: What will you cover?
You have several choices here.

  • Wartime cooperation between Britain, the USA and USSR
  • How Britain, USA and USSR showed the other in their wartime propaganda
  • Examples and evidence of wartime disagreements and suspicions
  • How the Big Three worked together at Yalta and Potsdam
  • Tensions at Yalta and Potsdam
    Your programme could deal with one or more of these issues. Talk to your teacher about this.


Stage 2: Approach and balance
You have to decide on the angle of your programme. Are you going to say that the friendly pictures at Yalta and Potsdam are:

  • absolutely accurate
  • a complete lie
  • somewhere in between?
    If you choose the balanced approach, will your balance be 50% each side, 70% one side etc?

Decision on Approach and Balance

Stage 3: Create a storyboard
Storyboards help you to show how you want your programme to look and sound.

  • We recommend about 8-10 sections for your storyboard.
  • We have suggested an opening for your programme. The rest is up to you!
  • You could use presentation software like PowerPoint or specialist storyboard software.
  • Remember that you could use many different images and sounds in your plans: newsreels, interviews, actors reading out extracts from sources, maps, cartoons, etc.