Secret Army (1977): S01E09 – Too Near Home


Secret Army is a television drama made by the BBC and the Belgian national broadcaster BRT (now VRT) created by Gerard Glaister.

The series tells the story of a fictional Belgian resistance movement in German-occupied Belgium during the Second World War dedicated to returning Allied airmen, usually having been shot down by the Luftwaffe, to Great Britain.

It was made in the UK and Belgium and three series were broadcast on BBC1 between 7 September 1977 and 15 December 1979.


A resistance contact near Paris is killed by the Germans whilst Lisa is visiting. She is arrested, but claims she was simply attempting to hire a bicycle from him. Her uncle is held and questioned by Kessler, and Lifeline’s survival is now at risk. In custody other prisoners suspect Lisa’s true identity, and she decides to trust them in order escape before her true identity is uncovered. She escapes but Gaston is not so fortunate and dies when he attempts to escape (or more likely tries in order to be shot rather than tortured).

Secret Army Series

You can find a full overview of Secret Army here.

You can find a full index of Secret Army Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(S): Viktors Ritelis.
  • Writer(s): Robert Barr.
  • Release Date: 02 November 1977.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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