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.
Kessler is a sequel to the series, set in contemporary times.
Brandt’s wife Erika visits him in Brussels. She is frightened of the British air raids at home. Brandt tells her that his work there fighting the escape line will soon be done, as Lifeline has been penetrated by a German agent. Their cleaner overhears this and tells Albert. Lifeline ponders eliminating all nineteen hidden airmen for security. However, Max and Dr Keldermans propose that Natalie’s uncle Hans Van Broecken (who from series one we know was a German First World War deserter) might be able to identify the man. Despite disliking Albert he is persuaded to help. Eventually they trick the German into revealing himself because of his fighting skills, and he is killed, against Hans’s wishes.
Secret Army Series
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You can find a full index of Secret Army Series 02 here.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Roger Jenkins.
- Writer(s): James Andrew Hall.
- Release Date: 01 November 1978.
- Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 12.
- Country: UK and Belgium.
- Language: English.