Secret Army (1978): S02E11 – A Matter of Life and Death


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.


A downed airman kills a German guard rather than be captured. Another two evaders are wrongly thought responsible, but helped after they stumble into the bakery of a Lifeline sympathiser. Another two plan to work with a Communist cell. Knowing that the others still doubt him, François tries to prove his worth by organising the journey down the escape route for each man, and contacts the Communists without Albert’s consent. While visiting the Communists, François is surprised to see Max. As the first stage of his plan to take over Lifeline, Max tips off Kessler so that François is killed as he is meeting one of the airmen from a train.

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): Roger Jenkins.
  • Writer(s): Robert Barr.
  • Release Date: 06 December 1978.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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