My Grandparents’ War: Carey Mulligan

Preview: “Carey Mulligan”

Premiered Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app
Carey Mulligan’s grandfather, Denzil Booth, a teenager from the Welsh Valleys, traveled thousands of miles to fight the Japanese military in the final months of the war. Mulligan discovers his university education meant Booth was fast-tracked to be a junior officer in the Navy. On board Britain’s biggest warship—the first ever attacked by Japanese kamikaze aircraft—he lost his closest friends. Mulligan travels to Japan to understand kamikaze culture. She’s shocked by the ages of the pilots and the horrors her grandfather faced when he arrived in Tokyo.

Clip: Carey Mulligan Learns About Her Grandfather’s 21st Birthday

After finding an invitation for her grandfather’s 21st birthday celebration, Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan learns more about her grandfather’s time at the British Centre in Australia, and receives a letter from the adoptive family that threw him the birthday party before he departed for Japan.