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Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War
Written by Peter Arnett
Narrated by Richard Basehart
Country of origin Canada
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive Michael Maclear
Producer(s) Ian McLeod
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Original run 22 October 1980 – 1 August 1982

Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part Canadian television documentary on the Vietnam War, was produced in 1980 by Michael Maclear. The series aired in Canada on CBC Television, in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.

Maclear visited North Vietnam during the production of the series and had access to film material there. He was the first Western journalist allowed to visit that area since the war.

The documentary series was consolidated into 13 hour-long episodes for American television syndication. The series was released on videocassette format by Embassy and won a National Education Association award for best world documentary.

Series writer Peter Arnett was an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975.

CBC aired only 18 of the episodes during the 1980-81 season because the series production was incomplete. The remaining episodes were broadcast during CBC's 1981-82 season. British audiences saw the series during Channel 4's 1984-85 season.

The show currently airs in the United States on the pay-TV network The History Channel, under the History Classics series at 6:30 AM ET every Saturday morning.




# Episode title CBC airdate Channel 4 airdate
1 America in Vietnam to be confirmed 15 October 1984
2 France in Vietnam to be confirmed 22 October 1984
3 Dien Bien Phu to be confirmed 29 October 1984
4 Early Hopes to be confirmed 12 November 1984
5 Assassination to be confirmed 19 November 1984
6 Days of Decision to be confirmed 26 November 1984
7 Westy's War to be confirmed 3 December 1984
8 Uneasy Allies 5 November 1980 7 January 1985
9 Guerilla Society to be confirmed 14 January 1985
10 The Trail to be confirmed 21 January 1985
11 Firepower to be confirmed 28 January 1985
12 The Village War to be confirmed 4 February 1985
13 Air War to be confirmed 11 February 1985
14 Siege to be confirmed 18 February 1985
15 Tet! 10 December 1980 25 February 1985
16 Frontline America 17 December 1980 4 March 1985
17 Soldiering On to be confirmed 11 March 1985
18 Changing the Guard 31 December 1980 18 March 1985
19 Wanting Out 17 January 1981 25 March 1985
20 Bombing of Hanoi 14 January 1981 1 April 1985
21 Peace and Consequence to be confirmed 8 April 1985
22 The Prisoners 21 January 1981 15 April 1985
23 The Unsung Soldiers 28 January 1981 22 April 1985
24 Final Offensive to be confirmed 29 April 1985
25 Surrender 11 February 1981 13 May 1985
26 Vietnam Recalled 4 February 1981 20 May 1985
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