Educated at the University of Oxford, Laurence is a former Head of BBC TV History programmes and Creative Director of BBC Television History. He wrote, directed and produced several award-winning series on World War II for TimeWatch. He wrote the companion books The Nazis: A Warning from History; Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II; The War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin and Auschwitz: A New History. In 2006 he won History Book of the Year at the British Book Awards for his book on Auschwitz making him the first person to win both a BAFTA for a television series he has written, produced and directed, and a British Book Award for the tie-in book. Their Darkest Hour, published in 2007, is a collection of essays about people tested to the extreme in WWII. WWII: Behind Closed Doors, published in 2008, examined Stalin’s relationship with the West. In July 2005 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sheffield for services to television and history.
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