Enemy at the Door (1978–1980)

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Drama about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

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Series cast summary:
Alfred Burke ...
 Major Richter / ... (26 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bernard Horsfall ...
 Dr. Philip Martel / ... (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Antonia Pemberton ...
 Olive Martel (22 episodes, 1978-1980)
Simon Cadell ...
 Sturmbannführer Reinicke / ... (21 episodes, 1978-1980)
Simon Lack ...
 Major Freidel (21 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Malcolm ...
 Oberleutnant Kluge (19 episodes, 1978-1980)
Richard Heffer ...
 Peter Porteous (16 episodes, 1978-1980)
Emily Richard ...
 Clare Martel (15 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Drama about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

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Enjoyable series, a bit stagey
19 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I came across this drama some months ago two-thirds of the way through its showing on the "Yesterday" channel here in the UK. Now it's being repeated again, and I've seen perhaps half the episodes. Hopefully I'll get around to seeing them all when/if it's repeated again! It's well worth watching and explores some interesting situations between the occupiers and residents. But it never ran to a third series, which would have had to deal with a worsening situation as the war progressed, supplies dried up and Jewish citizens deported.

I'm not one for characterising all, or indeed many, Germans in the war as Nazi thugs, but those most frequently featured in the series do come across as particularly humane, in fact benign - with the exception, of course, of Reinicke. I assume that all the characters are fictitious. With the series being first screened 35 years after the Occupation there would have been plenty of Guernsey people alive to have commented on the authenticity.

Perhaps now and then things get a bit stagey, that is, as it's a stage play, with some quite wordy dialogue. But I am looking forward to viewing the episodes I haven't seen yet.


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