Description: In January 1946, at the age of sixty-eight, renowned artist Dame Laura Knight takes a life-changing commission as war artist to the Nuremberg Trials.
Writing the Century is an ongoing series of dramas reflecting on the 20th Century through diaries and letters. This serial is based on the diaries of Dame Laura Knight, whose painting ‘The Dock’ has become a classic image of the Nazi War Crime Trials.
Episode 1: Dame Laura meets Major Peter Casson, Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General of the British War Crimes Executive, who is charged with smoothing her path through bureaucracy. He helps her to settle into her suite in the Grand Hotel (originally built for Hitler); to deal with the international social whirl that attends the trials and to cope with coming face-to-face with Hitler’s henchmen for the first time in court.
Episode 2: In a break from painting the Trial, Dame Laura explores the city of Nuremberg. She meets citizens who have lost everything in the bombing and visits the stadium where Hitler addressed five hundred
thousand people, now home to a baseball team.
Episode 3: Even though her press box at the court in Nuremberg is so tiny, Dame Laura decides to bring in her enormous canvas and paint the trial in situ. But the United States Civil Broadcasting Company has other ideas
Episode 4: Dame Laura takes Peter on a visit to her old circus friends, the Carollis, who are also living, by coincidence, in Nuremberg. Meanwhile there is a hitch with the press box at court and Laura’s eminence as a painter cuts no ice with the American colonel.