SECRET ARMY - COMPLETE SERIES

Secret Army was created by Gerard Glaister as a follow-up to his drama series Colditz.  It is a television drama made by the BBC and the Belgian national broadcaster BRT (now VRT). Three separate series tell the story of a fictional Belgian resistance movement during the Second World War dedicated to returning Allied airmen, usually having been shot down by the Luftwaffe, to the United Kingdom.

Fay Weldon said of the series: "There is, in the making of such programs, a level of professionalism, and sheer patient, largely unclaimed, hard work from producer to script editor to writer to designer to vision mixer to editor by way of sound and lighting engineers that is probably equaled only in a heart transplant theatre".

The series followed the timeline of the war to show how it affected Belgium. Filming took place in Belgium, with the assistance of BRT. Other locations were in London and Norfolk. The aircraft type that featured throughout the series was the Westland Lysander.

 

The first series introduces the main characters and the daily risks they take . Lisa Colbert  runs Lifeline, a Brussels-based resistance organization that helps Allied aircrew to evade capture and return to Britain via neutral Switzerland or Spain whilst under German occupation, protecting their safe houses and evading investigation. She is helped by Albert Foiret. Proprietor of the Cafe Candide and his mistress Monique Duchamps. Their operations are put under further strain when the fervent Nazi, Gestapo Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler is assigned to work with Luftwaffe Major Erwin Brandt and close down the evasion line. 

The second series takes us to an upper-class black-market restaurant, called the Restaurant Candide, which is prominently located in the Grand-Place. This venture is 60 percent-owned and -financed by London, so as to enable the members of Lifeline to cater for senior German officers, to enable them to overhear indiscretions and to provide a better cover for their activities. The German officers frequent the new establishment regularly, allowing all the major characters to interact and increasing the dramatic tension.

The third series is set during the final weeks of German occupation. Paul Vercors (Michael Byrne and Ralph Bates), the leader and sole survivor of the Communist cell, begins a conspiracy of revenge against Albert. He lodges an accusation with the authorities that Albert murdered his wife. With Albert in prison for much of the series, responsibility for Lifeline falls to Monique. She becomes increasingly independent and eventually her relationship with Albert collapses, owing to his aloofness and her realising that he is more concerned about money than her. After the Germans severely restrict travel to and from Brussels and the Communists blow up the main railway line, the evasion lines are closed. The rescued airmen can now only be hidden while they all await the end of the war.

EPISODE TITLES"

SERIES 1CODE NAME VYETTE – SERGEANT ON THE RUN – RADISHES WITH BUTTER – CHILD’S PLAY – SECOND CHANCE – GROWING UP – LAST SHEEP – GUILT – THE HOSTAGE – TOO NEAR HOME – IDENTITY IN DOUBT – A QUESTION OIF LOYALTY –HYMN TO FREEDOM

SERIES 2 - RUSSIAN ROULETTE – LUCKY PIECE – TRAPPED – NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN – SCORPION – WEEKEND – THE BIG ONE – LITTLE OLD LADY – GUESTS OF GOD’S TABLE – A MATTER OF LIFE  AND DEATH – PRISONER OF WAR – DAY OF WRATH

SERIES 3THE LAST RUN – INVASIONS – REVENGE – A SAFE PLACE – RING OF ROSIES – PRISONER – AMBUSH – JUST LIGHT AND BLUE TOUCH PAPER – SOUND OF THUNDER – CALLABORATOR – DAYS OF JUDGEMENT – BRIDGEHEAD – THE EXECUTION



SECRET ARMY - COMPLETE SERIES
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