Starring: Bernard Horsfall , Alfred Burke
Directed by: Bill Bain , Jonathan Alwyn
Produced by: Michael Chapman , Jonathan Alwyn
Written by: Michael Chapman , James Doran
Three years into World War II, the German occupation of the Channel Islands continues. Guest stars in this much-requested British series include David Hayman (Waking the Dead). A superb 13-episode period drama as seen on PBS.
Item Number: 16039
Historical Background on the Channel Islands
Three years into World War II, the German occupation of the Channel Islands continues.
On the German side, pragmatic local commandant Major Richter (Alfred Burke, Treasure Island), tries to balance military necessity and good civil relations. However, his efforts are complicated by the imprisonment of Dr. Philip Martel (Bernard Horsfall, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), as well as by sycophantic SS officer Hauptmann Reinicke (Simon Cadell, Watership Down). Guest stars in this much-requested British series include David Hayman (Waking the Dead). A superb 13-episode period drama as seen on PBS.
Episode 1: Call of the Dead
A new commander in chief is appointed to the Channel Islands, and trouble begins when Dr. Martel's daughter, Clare, is arrested for trespassing in a prohibited zone. However, that's the least of Clare's problems.
Episode 2: Reception for the General
To Richter's dismay, the new commander in chief insists on being received socially by the leading families of the island. Richter turns to a conflicted Olive Martel for help. Meanwhile, the activities of Captain Foster-Smythe threaten disaster for all.
Episode 3: Angels That Soar Above
Dr. Martel returns to the island after six months in a French prison. Richter hopes the doctor can ease relations between the soldiers and the islanders, but Martel has relations of a different sort to worry about.
Episode 4: No Quarter Given
German efforts to confiscate all privately owned radio sets raise tensions on the island. Foster-Smythe is determined to resist, declaring that any cooperation with the Germans amounts to collaboration. Soon, he has even more reason to resent the invaders.
Episode 5: Committee Man
The German authorities and the islanders' representatives have a problem-one that only Dr. Martel can solve, but he refuses to cooperate. However, an act of sabotage provides both sides with a way to get Martel to play along.
Episode 6: Post Mortem
Local landowner Peter Porteous returns to Guernsey after serving a prison term in France. In his eagerness to settle an old score, he again puts himself in the hands of the Germans, placing Dr. Martel in a moral dilemma.
Episode 7: The Raid
A small team of British commandos launches a raid on a nearby island. Once ashore, they learn that their operation has coincided with the arrival of a high-ranking delegation of German officers-and an opportunity to impact the outcome of the war.
Episode 8: Jealousy
After a townsperson's petty act, the Germans grow suspicious of the owners of a local tearoom and a young German soldier who frequents it. Coming after a deportation decree for all non-island-born residents, the action has consequences far beyond what was intended.
Episode 9: War Game
A chess tournament seems like a good way to restore some normalcy. However, once the occupiers decide to participate, the tournament becomes a matter of national pride. SS man Reinicke is prepared to go to any lengths to make sure Germany wins.
Episode 10: The Right Blood
The arrival of a senior SS officer on the island causes the opportunistic Reinicke to speculate about the reasons for his visit. But the officer's mission is of a personal nature, prompting Richter to come to the defense of an islander's rights.
Episode 11: From a View to a Death
A Russian prisoner of war attacks a camp guard and flees into the countryside. The escape affects all who come into contact with the man, and prompts a race between Reinicke and Richter's police chief to find him.
Episode 12: The Education of Nils Borg
A Swedish journalist arrives to report on the "model occupation" of the Channel Islands-and what the rest of Europe can expect under Nazi rule. The Germans strive to convey just the right image, but the islanders have a different picture to paint.
Episode 13: Escape
Peter Porteous decides he must return to England to aid the war effort. Meanwhile, a series of thefts at a nearby farm leads to a confrontation between the farmer and a German intruder. Porteous devises a way to help both himself and the accused farmer.
|Maj. Richter||---||Alfred Burke|
|Dr. Philip Martel||---||Bernard Horsfall|
|Major Freidel||---||Simon Lack|
|Olive Martel||---||Antonia Pemberton|
|Oberleutnant Kluge||---||John Malcolm|
|Hauptsturmfuhrer Reinicke||---||Simon Cadell|
|Clare Martel||---||Emily Richard|
|Peter Porteous||---||Richard Heffer|
|Helen Porteous||---||Helen Shingler|
|Generalmajor Muller||---||David Waller|
|German Sentry||---||Keith Hazemore|
|German Soldier||---||Jason James|
|SS Man||---||Stephen Gordon|
|John Ambrose||---||Richard Hurndall|
Directed by Bill Bain, Jonathan Alwyn, Christopher Hodson
Written by Michael Chapman, James Doran, N.J. Crisp, John Kershaw, Kenneth Clark
Produced by Michael Chapman, Jonathan Alwyn
Executive Produced by Tony Wharmby
Original Music by Wilfred Josephs
Film Editing by Derek Bain, Ray Helm
Costume Design by Gwenda Evans, Michael Cocks
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