Secret Army (1978): S02E12 – Prisoner of War


Introduction

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.

Outline

Brandt’s continuing grief over losing his wife leads him to drink heavily, to Kessler’s concern. He develops a crush on Monique. While Alain has to hide two airmen, a neighbouring farmer finds an injured German fighter pilot on his land. He turns out to be one of Germany’s leading airmen, flying a prototype night fighter unknown to the Allies. Max is dispatched to sketch it, and the British wish to capture the German airman for his information. Max suggests that he and the Communists transport the airman to the French coast, where he might be picked up by a British motor launch in exchange for weapons. Albert now has information confirming Max’s involvement in François’s death, and arranges for Max to be killed, along with his comrades.

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): Gerard Glaister.
  • Release Date: 13 December 1978.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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