The paper explores the medial construction and aestheticising of the war, examining current TV documentaries on the First World War. The first part consists in a detailed film- and picture analysis of wartime film material. The second part examines how TV authors work with this material. These two inquiries constitute the basis of a conclusive synthesis, which examines continuities and breaks in the narration these pictures transport. This paper offers a contribution to the discussion on the treatment of pictures in the media and in historical science.