Secret Army (1977): S01E12 – Hymn to Freedom


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 Lifeline safehouse is discovered. Van Reijn, a Belgian minister in the puppet regime, wants to defect to England and communicates with Curtis. Curtis realises it would be a propaganda coup if Van Reijn reaches Britain, although Lisa is initially unconvinced. Lifeline has been penetrated by another German agent, who is discovered and shot. Whilst dealing with this distraction, Lifeline is unable to save Van Reijn, who is terminally ill and returned to office by the Germans and kept under constant surveillance.

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): Kenneth Ives.
  • Writer(s): Michael Chapman.
  • Release Date: 30 November 1977.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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