Pick TV is bringing Second World War drama The Pacific to free-to-air television in the UK for the first time.
Based on true stories, the series tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific during World War II.
Leckie, Basilone and thousands of their comrades, physically and mentally debilitated after the four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, land in Melbourne, where they are greeted by adoring crowds and viewed as the saviours of Australia. While his buddies carouse, Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family. Meanwhile, Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and is asked to return home to help sell U.S. war bonds.
The Pacific is based in part on the non-fiction books Helmet for My Pillow, by Robert Leckie, and With the Old Breed, by Eugene B. Sledge, with additional material from Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum, and China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.
The ten-part miniseries is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. Each part includes brief 2- to 3-minute introductions comprised of anecdotes from actual WWII marines (identities revealed in the final part) and archival March of Times newsreel footage, narrated by Tom Hanks.
The series begins on Pick TV in January; Freeview 11 / Freesat 144 / Sky 152 / Virgin 165