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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 Monsignor Augustine Renard 4 episodes, 2000
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 Unteroffizier Dieter Franz 4 episodes, 2000
John Axon ...
 Sergeant Roger Duclos 4 episodes, 2000
Teresa Banham ...
 Clara Baquet 4 episodes, 2000
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 Madeleine Claveau 4 episodes, 2000
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 Helene Claveau 4 episodes, 2000
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 Jacques Rambure 4 episodes, 2000
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
 Louis Cavailles 4 episodes, 2000
Björn Jung ...
Adam Kotz ...
 Henri Baquet 4 episodes, 2000
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 Jean Marie Vercors 4 episodes, 2000
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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
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 Lieutenant Heinrich Beckmann 4 episodes, 2000
Sam Townend ...
 Gaston Sarraut 4 episodes, 2000
Timothy Walker ...
 Antoine Cabache 4 episodes, 2000
Gregor Weber ...
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 Malo Gagnepain 4 episodes, 2000
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 M. Dufosse 3 episodes, 2000
Richard Cubison ...
Louis Hammond ...
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 Mme. Dufosse 3 episodes, 2000
Judi Lamb ...
 Annette Lefranc 3 episodes, 2000
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 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
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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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Prime for a remake
10 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Of all the TV series dealing with WW2 this one stands out as being very different. For a change Monsignor Renard deals with the everyday lives of a small Northern French village seen through the eyes of it's priest. The Germans are not all seen as the Nazi brutes of common perception, neither are the all the French brave resistance fighters. These are human stories showing how the conquering Germans learned to live with the conquered French and visa verse.

The acting is spot on, I've read that John Thaw was considered wrong for the part, no way, he shines throughout. Spot a young Dominic Monahagn who has gone on to Hollywood stardom in the Lord of the Rings saga amongst others.

It's a shame a second series was not commissioned, IMDb says it was because of low ratings for the first but I think it was more due to John Thaw's declining health, he died in 2002 less than two years after the series was screened.

The premise is still a good one and could be revived for a remake with more than one series. Come on, there must be a production company out there willing to take it on.


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