Some of my favorite type of television shows are those that provide historical information through a fictional drama.  Many of them are available from streaming subscriptions and for purchase on DVD too.  We all know how Downtown Abbey has become a hit show and although it is the sensational drama that brings many of us to the screen, underlying it all is the history.  I am going to attempt to highlight one of these programs each Saturday in place of my “What Happened on” post (Sometimes in addition).

Do you have any favorite programs that fit this category?  I’d love to hear your ideas and I would be glad to include the program in an up coming post.  I also would welcome a guest blogger.

I recently discovered the Canadian television show, Bomb Girls.  The show has been canceled but there are two seasons available on Netflix and a television movie is expected to be aired in the first quarter of 2014.

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Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.

Here is a photograph of the real bomb girls when actress Mary Pickford visited the plant.

Mary Pickford visits the General Engineering Company's munitions plant in Scarborough, Canada, May 24, 13

Mary Pickford visits the General Engineering Company’s munitions plant in Scarborough, Canada, May 24, 13

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