Secret Army (1979): S03E07 – Ambush


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.


In the Ardennes, Bradley is looking after a growing number of former airmen hiding in the forest. He is also working with the resistance, and plans to destroy a convoy of military vehicles carrying vital spare parts for Germany’s V2 rockets. To carry out an ambush Bradley needs a man who can repair a jammed French machine gun, and persuades Monique to get a reluctant Flight Lt. Cox to help. He repairs the gun, but under pressure agrees to accompany the ambush in case it jams again in action. When the gun does jam, Cox is killed whilst trying to repair it. After the ambush it transpires that the vehicles in the convoy were in fact empty, travelling to Brussels as part of the German evacuation plans. Albert remains in prison and is assaulted by fellow prisoners for his assumed collaboration. Meanwhile Reinhardt is becoming more suspicious of the Candide and orders Monique, Natalie and Dr Keldermans to be watched and followed.

Secret Army Series

You can find a full overview of Secret Army here.

You can find a full index of Secret Army Series 03 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Michael E. Briant.
  • Writer(s): N.J. Crisp.
  • Release Date: 03 November 1979.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK and Belgium.
  • Language: English.

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