Colditz (1973): S01E14 – Gone Away, Part 01


Colditz is a British television drama series co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios and screened between 1972 and 1974.


The first of a two-part season finale which follows the true story of how Pat Reid and Hank Wardle (characterised as Pat Grant & Phil Carrington) escaped from Colditz. The episode opens with a meeting of Player pressing an argument for approval of an escape plan. Player becomes emotive when his plan is rejected and states an escape is needed for morale since, “Two successful British escapes in two years is nothing to crow about”. There then follows an account of the famous ‘tea chest’ escape done in reality by Flight Lieutenant Dominic Bruce (the ironically named “Medium Sized Man”). However, the TV series shows Carter being captured outside the castle when in fact Bruce got as far as the U-Boat pens at Danzig (now Gdansk). The information gathered by Carter during the tea chest escape attempt is then used to bridge the gap in Player’s previously rejected plan. Player with Muir and Grant with Carrington are agreed as the escapees to use separate routes after escaping Colditz; Grant and Carrington via Zwickau and Munich, Player and Muir via Chemnitz and Nuremberg. The episode ends on a point of drama with Brent seeming to have bungled his role in assisting the implementation of the escape.

Part 02 here.

Colditz Series

You can find a full index and overview of Colditz here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 18 January 1973.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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