Watch The Diary of Anne Frank

The U.K. Production of the internationally famous memoir known as either The Diary of Anne Frank or The Diary of a Young Girl upon its publication in English during the 1950s. First shown in the U.K. by its producer BBC One this version of The Diary of Anne Frank was split into five 30 minute episodes shown over a five night period; the television serial was co-produced by France 2 and aired on PBS in the U.S. as a 100 minute TV movie. Almost all of the show was filmed on a set replicating the small annex used to house Jewish families during the Nazi occupation and Dutch collaboration in World War II Amsterdam.

The Diary of Anne Frank begins in June 1942 with the 13th birthday party of Annelies Frank, a German national who was exiled from her home country when the Nazi's took control of Germany. As the Nazi's have now seized control of Amterdam in the Netherlands the Frank family are making plans to hide themselves away and avoid transportation to a concentration camp. Ann, her sister Margot and parents Otto and Edith soon find themselves hidden in a small annex of the spice factory run by Otto; to keep themselves hidden and avoiding detection the family must spend their days in silence to avoid the majority of the staff knowning of their hiding place. Another Jewish family, the Van Daan's aoon arrive in the small rooms to be hidden by the few office staff trusted by Otto Frank.

A dentist, Mr. Dussel also joins the families and tensions begin to grow in the confined space and extremes of the Dutch weather. Unlike other versions of the story of Anne Frank this production focuses on Anne as a normal teenager experiencing puberty and fighting with her family. The family manage to survive until August 4th 1944 when they are discovered by German and Dutch authorities and forcibly taken to concentration camps where Anne and her sister, Margot died of Typhus. Otto Frank was the only member of the family to survive and published Anne's diary after the War was completed.

Weekdays 7:00 PM et/pt on New Video Group
1 Season, 5 Episodes
August 12, 2008
Drama
7.5/10
Cast: Kate Ashfield, Geoffrey Breton, Ron Cook, Nicholas Farrell
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The Diary of Anne Frank Full Episode Guide

  • Anne's family encourage her to submit her diary, so she sets about editing it for publication.

  • Anne is growing into a young woman and amazed by the changes happening to her body and her emotions. Much to her own surprise, she realizes that her feelings are changing towards Peter and she begins openly flirting with him.

  • Otto tries to keep up with company business by lying on the floor and listening to meetings downstairs. He is shocked to discover the building has had to be sold.

  • In the secret annexe where Anne Frank is in hiding from the Nazis with her family and close friends, the Van Daan family, Anne is finding Mrs Van Daan increasingly hard to bear.

  • Amsterdam is under Nazi occupation and Anne Frank, a teenage Jewish girl, is celebrating her 13th birthday with her family and friends by having a party. Amongst her birthday presents she is given a red diary that she starts to write in immediately.

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