Secret Army (1978): S02E08 – The Big One


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.


Kessler and Madeleine are becoming closer, though he continues to fear emotional attachment. Meanwhile Brandt is still trying to decide whether to join the conspiracy to kill Hitler. The night before he returns home a British air raid hits the suburb where they live; his daughter survives, but his wife and son are killed. Monique and Alain speak to a bomber’s crew member who has been shot down, but frighten him and he falls into German hands. Brandt holds the man, and obtains some information about his contacts with Lifeline before losing his composure.

Secret Army Series

You can find a full overview of Secret Army here.

You can find a full index of Secret Army Series 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Michael E. Briant.
  • Writer(s): N.J. Crisp.
  • Release Date: 15 November 1978.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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