The story of the German occupation of France during World War II told through the eyes and experiences of a humble and extraordinary priest.



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Series cast summary:
 Monsignor Augustine Renard (4 episodes, 2000)
 Unteroffizier Dieter Franz (4 episodes, 2000)
John Axon ...
 Sergeant Roger Duclos (4 episodes, 2000)
Teresa Banham ...
 Clara Baquet (4 episodes, 2000)
 Madeleine Claveau (4 episodes, 2000)
 Helene Claveau (4 episodes, 2000)
 Jacques Rambure (4 episodes, 2000)
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
 Louis Cavailles (4 episodes, 2000)
Björn Jung ...
 Willi (4 episodes, 2000)
Adam Kotz ...
 Henri Baquet (4 episodes, 2000)
Jamie Lee ...
 Jean Marie Vercors (4 episodes, 2000)
 Alois (4 episodes, 2000)
Des McAleer ...
 Yves Renard (4 episodes, 2000)
Andrew McCulloch ...
 Abert Claveau / ... (4 episodes, 2000)
Colin McLaughlan ...
 Jean Lefranc (4 episodes, 2000)
Rebecca Raybone ...
 Catherine Sarraut (4 episodes, 2000)
Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen ...
 Major Karl-Heinz Drexler (4 episodes, 2000)
Carl Rice ...
 Rene Montandon (4 episodes, 2000)
 Lieutenant Heinrich Beckmann (4 episodes, 2000)
Sam Townend ...
 Gaston Sarraut (4 episodes, 2000)
Timothy Walker ...
 Antoine Cabache (4 episodes, 2000)
Gregor Weber ...
 Otto (4 episodes, 2000)
Jimmy Yuill ...
 Malo Gagnepain (4 episodes, 2000)
Michael Attwell ...
 M. Dufosse (3 episodes, 2000)
Richard Cubison ...
 Rambure (3 episodes, 2000)
Louis Hammond ...
 Denez (3 episodes, 2000)
 Mme. Dufosse (3 episodes, 2000)
Judi Lamb ...
 Annette Lefranc (3 episodes, 2000)
 Etienne Pierre Rollinger (3 episodes, 2000)
Jamie O'Brien ...
 Felix Dufosse (3 episodes, 2000)
Sarah Rice ...
 Gabrielle Rouveute (3 episodes, 2000)
William Travis ...
 Francois Michaux (3 episodes, 2000)
Jay Villiers ...
 Doniel Flandin (3 episodes, 2000)
Gregory Chisholm ...
 Didier Montandon (2 episodes, 2000)
Patrick Nielsen ...
 David Lavalle (2 episodes, 2000)


Twenty years after taking an acrimonious leave of his family and friends in order to join the Roman church, Monsignor Renard returns to his home village as parish priest. World War Two is well under way, and Nazi occupation is imminent. In addition to reassuring the locals, Renard must also attempt to repair his relationship with estranged brother Yves, who resents his sibling having escaped the responsibility of running the family business. Written by Bai

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Drama | War

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27 March 2000 (UK)  »

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John Thaw was generally felt to be miscast as a French priest. See more »

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Unvarnishing WW2
25 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This unsung series went almost unnoticed when first broadcast. Like Foyle's War, it stares right in the face of some of the unpalatable truths about WW2. It's a gem. Sadly only four episodes exist, I think.

French and British people on the Home Front didn't all behave stoically. There was more collaboration than Resistance in France and very little Resistance at all for the first two years. Monsignor Renard is set in The Forbidden Zone, in the fictional village of St Jos-sur-Mer, close to Calais and focuses entirely on the life of the village, rather than the war, which comes to an abrupt halt halfway through the first episode. The excellent portrayal of everyday life under occupation tops everything recent and contains some great performances from Thaw, Cheryl Campbell, Andrew McCulloch and a very classy crew of native German actors.

Unfortunately, it was just getting into its stride when the plug was pulled and John Thaw, who was never better, tragically passed away. But what there is, is good enough. If you felt short changed by Charlotte Gray, or even if you liked it, you'll enjoy this more.

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