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.
Belgian pilot Andre De Beers becomes a Gestapo captive and is made to watch his brother being tortured to death. He manages to escape, and contacts Alain, whom he knows from before the war. Seeking revenge, De Beers kills two German soldiers. After Kessler’s instruction to take and shoot twenty Belgians in reprisal, Albert tells Alain to kill De Beers to prevent further deaths. However, Monique and Natalie send him down the escape line, and he returns to Britain. When Albert finds out, he tells Monique he will kill her if she disobeys him again. Subsequently Kessler is evaluating ‘CCTV’ surveillance for Brussels, during which a lone plane piloted by De Beers breaks off from a mission to strafe Gestapo HQ. Meanwhile both the Resistance and the Germans hear news of the D-Day landings on the radio. Kessler finally opens an urgent communiqué from Berlin with news that Brandt has been implicated in the plot to assassinate Hitler, and is to be arrested. Brandt kills himself rather than face torture and execution.
Secret Army Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Gerard Glaister.
- Writer(s): John Brason.
- Release Date: 28 December 1978.
- Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: 12.
- Country: UK and Belgium.
- Language: English.