Set during the occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. The story shows how Island life changed overnight after a German invasion. Islanders were restricted to walking and cycling, town names were changed to German names, clocks were set to continental time, and no society could meet without the permission of German High Command. The focus is on three families, the Dorrs, the Jonases and the Mahys, as they struggle on with day to day life under the restrictive new system. Written by
One of the daughters sings in the nightclub at the beginning "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." It wasn't written then, and not until 1942. Further, its entire message is from an American girl to her American GI during the war. That apple tree is somewhere in rural America. Not in the Channel Islands. This scene takes places a year or two prior to America even entering the war. See more »
[Leutnant Walker has invited Zelda to have a drink with him in a pub]
You think I'm friendly?
Well, you're drinking with me.
And you're paying. I'm merely observing an alien species - much as one goes to the zoo.
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Britain's obsession with World War II goes on, with this latest TV series exploring Channel Island life under the Nazis.
When I saw the first episode, it reminded me of another how-a-community-invaded-by-Nazis-copes-during-The-War ITV series - Monsignor Renard - from a few years ago, and I wondered whether the same guys in charge of commissioning at ITV were responsible for this. At least, this series doesn't have the awful northern English accents (in place of French language) that Renard had (the community was based in a town in northern France, so they used northern English accents to reflect this, geddit?), so you would have dialogue like "Ay up, Monsieur Boulanger, I 'ope you 'av summit for me today. My little nipper loves a bit of your bread 'ee does"!!
But thankfully, unlike the late, great John Thaw in Monsignor Renard, there is no actor in Island at War whose career can be blighted by this lame duck of a series. Nearly all of the actors are unknown to me, although I have seen some of the faces (presumably in other weak televisual efforts) before. I found it very difficult to achieve any empathy for any of the characters from the fictional Channel island of St Gregory (why did they have to create a fictional island? most Brits who watch this know that there are only two Channel islands with big populations!!!).
The Nazis are, of course, cardboard cut-out Nazis. Yes, there is a pilot who reckons he doesn't really want to be at war, but most of the rest of the Germans could have come straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
Then there's the obligatory war-time spiv character, who's been around since Private Walker in Dad's Army. He knows how to make a bob or two out of other people's misery, but does what he can to help out too... blah... blah! Bollocks!
I could go on, but what's the point? This TV series just should not have been made. It's a highly unoriginal idea, with poor, predictable script writing and uninspired acting.
No doubt most of the TV critics in British newspapers will applaud it, but then, in this country, we are never going to let the poor old Germans forget about the events of 60 years ago! Surely, it's time to move on chaps.
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