The Diary of Anne Frank (2009): S01E05 – May 1944


Introduction

The Diary of Anne Frank is a BBC adaptation, in association with France 2, of The Diary of a Young Girl originally written by Anne Frank and adapted for television by Deborah Moggach.

Outline

It is May 1944 and the Franks are woken up by the sound of intruders downstairs. When the noises seem to stop, Otto and Peter go downstairs to lock the front door so as not to attract the police, but they discover that the burglars are still there and flee back to the annex. The next morning Mr Kugler informs them that the burglars took a lot of valuables and that they must be more careful.

The tension and the summer heat start to get to them and they continually snap at each other. Food shortages are getting worse and the authorities have confiscated all radios. Luckily, Mr Kleiman secretly gives them a replacement. As the bombing raids get worse, Anne takes to running up and down the annex stairs to block out the sound. But they try to keep their spirits up and are thrilled when Miep finds some butter to bake a small cake for Edith’s birthday.

Finally, their worst nightmare comes true when the SD and Dutch plain-clothed police raid the warehouse (04 August 1944). As all of the Jews are being led away one by one end title reveal each of their fates. In the final scene, Miep finds Anne’s notebooks scattered across the floor and reaches down to pick them up.

The Diary of Anne Frank Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Diary of Anne Frank here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 09 January 2009.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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