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Island at War: Season 1: Episode 6 -- June continues to sing for the Germans at the 50/50 Club, causing a local man to accuse her of sleeping with the enemy. Philip is desperate to escape to England with the information he has gathered on the island. James and Wilf help him hatch a plan. Sheldon suggests that Zelda also seize this chance to escape.

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1
Release Date:
23 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Period: Second World War. A quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 27)

Saskia Reeves ... Cassie Mahy (6 episodes, 2004)

Owen Teale ... PC Wilf Jonas (6 episodes, 2004)

Julia Ford ... Kathleen Jonas (6 episodes, 2004)

Clare Holman ... Felicity Dorr (6 episodes, 2004)

James Wilby ... Sen. James Dorr (6 episodes, 2004)

Sean Gallagher ... Sheldon Leveque (6 episodes, 2004)

Joanne Froggatt ... Angelique Mahy (6 episodes, 2004)
Samantha Robinson ... June Mahy (6 episodes, 2004)
Ann Rye ... Ada Jonas (6 episodes, 2004)

Philip Glenister ... Oberst Heinrich Baron Von Rheingarten (6 episodes, 2004)
Daniel Flynn ... Hauptmann Dieter Muller (6 episodes, 2004)
Conor Mullen ... Oberleutnant Walker / ... (6 episodes, 2004)

Benjamin Whitrow ... Bailiff Francis La Palotte (5 episodes, 2004)

Caroline Strong ... Margaret (5 episodes, 2004)
Sean Ward ... Colin Jonas (5 episodes, 2004)

Sam Heughan ... Philip Dorr (5 episodes, 2004)

Laurence Fox ... Bernhardt Tellemann (5 episodes, 2004)
Louisa Clein ... Zelda Kay (5 episodes, 2004)
Stephen Mallatratt ... Vicar (4 episodes, 2004)

Andrew Havill ... Oberleutnant Flach (4 episodes, 2004)
Colin Tierney ... Oberwachtmeister Wimmel / ... (4 episodes, 2004)

Richard Dempsey ... Eugene La Salle (3 episodes, 2004)
Nick Roud ... Ronald (Colin's Friend) (3 episodes, 2004)
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Series Directed by
Peter Lydon (6 episodes, 2004)
Thaddeus O'Sullivan (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen Mallatratt (6 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Andy Harries .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2004)
John Rushton .... producer: Granada ITV (6 episodes, 2004)
Sita Williams .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Cinematography by
David Higgs (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (6 episodes, 2004)
Tony Cranstoun (3 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Casting by
Janie Frazer (6 episodes, 2004)
Judi Hayfield (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Production Design by
Chris Truelove (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Downes (6 episodes, 2004)
Nick Wilkinson (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Dominic Smithers (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lyn Avery (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Makeup Department
Andrea Dowdall .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004)
Sue Milton .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 2004)
Sharon Perks .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004)
Anthony Swaby .... assistant hair stylist: Isle of Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Claire Whiteley .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Production Management
David Boyle .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
Chris Clarkson .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
Danny Gulliver .... unit manager: Isle of Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Rebecca Rawcliffe .... unit manager: UK (6 episodes, 2004)
Amanda Wilkie .... production manager (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicki Ballantyne .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Penny Davies .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Victoria Garden .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Anna Kemp .... trainee assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Alex Mercer .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Simon Noone .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Joy Scott .... daily crowd assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Art Department
Sally Black .... set buyer (6 episodes, 2004)
Phil Buckley .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2004)
Liz Colbert .... graphics assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Kristian Edwards .... dressing props (6 episodes, 2004)
John Foster .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2004)
Tone Gibbs .... dressing props (6 episodes, 2004)
Neil Glynn .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 2004)
Dominic Hyndman .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2004)
Mike Malik .... property master (6 episodes, 2004)
Grant Montgomery .... art director: Isle of Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Ussal Smithers .... production buyer (6 episodes, 2004)
John Thorpe .... construction manager (6 episodes, 2004)
Ashley Wilkinson .... stand-by art director (6 episodes, 2004)
Pawlo Wintoniuk .... stand-by art director (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Sound Department
Elizabeth Cresswell .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2004)
John Crumpton .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Tony Maslen .... sound assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
John Rutherford .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2004)
John Senior .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Martin Smith .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2004)
Juan Turner .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2004)
John Whitworth .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Special Effects by
Paul McGuinness .... special effects (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Simon Blackledge .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
Melissa Butler Adams .... digital compositor (6 episodes, 2004)
Adam Gascoyne .... digital compositor (6 episodes, 2004)
Tanvir Hanif .... digital effects artist (6 episodes, 2004)
Simon Hughes .... digital compositor: CLEAR (6 episodes, 2004)
Mark Pickles .... digital effects artist (6 episodes, 2004)
Matt Wood .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
David J. Zimmerman .... data operator: CLEAR (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Stunts
Sean Adames .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Tom Aitken .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Lloyd Bass .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Andy Bennett .... stunt performer (6 episodes, 2004)
Chris Carey .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Clive Curtis .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2004)
Nicholas Daines .... stunt double (6 episodes, 2004)
Levan Doran .... stunt performer (6 episodes, 2004)
James Grogan .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Luke Kearney .... stunt performer (6 episodes, 2004)
Paul Kulik .... stunt performer (6 episodes, 2004)
Martin Pemberton .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
Ian van Temperley .... stunts (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bell .... electrician (6 episodes, 2004)
Andy Bell .... gaffer: second unit (6 episodes, 2004)
Peter Chester .... best boy (6 episodes, 2004)
Dan Fontaine .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2004)
Nigel Hillier .... still photographer (6 episodes, 2004)
Lee Howarth .... rigger (6 episodes, 2004)
Ian Jackson .... electrician (6 episodes, 2004)
Mark Jones .... grip: second unit (6 episodes, 2004)
Michael McHugh .... electrician (6 episodes, 2004)
Julian Morson .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera (6 episodes, 2004)
Jamie Phillips .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2004)
Matthew Poynter .... focus puller (6 episodes, 2004)
Steve Pugh .... key grip (6 episodes, 2004)
Erin Stevens .... clapper loader (6 episodes, 2004)
Anthony Ward .... assistant grip (4 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Casting Department
Stephanie Dawes .... additional casting (5 episodes, 2004)
Gennie Radcliffe .... additional casting (5 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gerald Moulin .... costume supervisor: military costumes (6 episodes, 2004)
Olivia Spiteri .... assistant wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Editorial Department
Tim Cockerill .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Neil Parker .... colorist (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Location Management
Eddie Booth .... location manager: Isle of Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Ken Mair .... location manager: UK (6 episodes, 2004)
Lucy Smith .... location assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
Glenys Bell .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2004)
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialect coach (6 episodes, 2004)
Tricia Carr .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2004)
Warren Clark .... set security (6 episodes, 2004)
Deborah Coombes .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2004)
Robin Craine .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Scott Hamshere .... armorer (6 episodes, 2004)
Hilda Miller .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
Tracey Nuttall .... unit publicist (6 episodes, 2004)
Adrian O'Brien .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2004)
Roxy Spencer .... script executive (6 episodes, 2004)
 

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UK:540 min (including commercials) (6 parts)
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Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes)
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Goofs:
Factual errors: Constable Jonas's WW1 medal ribbons were worn the wrong way around in every episode. The Bailiff, who had the same medals, was seen wearing them the right way around in episode 2.See more »
Quotes:
[Leutnant Walker has invited Zelda to have a drink with him in a pub]
Zelda Kay:You think I'm friendly?
Leutnant Walker:Well, you're drinking with me.
Zelda Kay:And you're paying. I'm merely observing an alien species - much as one goes to the zoo.
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sympathy for Sexi Nazis, 17 August 2009

"Island at War" is an odd duck – maybe more of a platypus, a hybrid creature. As far as production values go, there's nothing to complain of here. The cast is first rate, from the largest role to the smallest. The performances are very real and affecting. The WW II era Channel Islands setting – shops, costumes, cars, music – appears authentic and convincing.

There's a venerable tradition of the most gloriously unrealistic, star-crossed, soap opera romance during the World War Two era – the pinnacle of that cinematic tradition would have to be "Casablanca." And then there are the more gritty, relatively realistic films that depict World War Two for the hell it was – "Schindler's List," for example.

There are a couple of scenes in "Island at War" that are very hard to watch. In one, a drugged Englishwoman is handcuffed to a metal hospital bed. Her legs have been spread; she's exposed and defenseless to the worst assault imaginable. A Gestapo torturer stands over her, ready to do whatever he has to do to get her to cooperate.

On the other hand, "Island At War" contains several scenes more appropriate to a "Casablanca" style WWII romance. Here's the kicker – the male lead in this star-crossed romantic triangle is a high ranking Nazi commander, the leader of the invading forces. No attempt is made to make this Nazi a prisoner of his own conscience who hides secret resistance to the Nazi agenda and who will somehow acquit himself. Rather, he goes out of his way to state that experience has taught him that he could command his own men to shoot each other to death for no other reason than because he has told them to do so. Thus, he makes it clear that he has committed his share of empty mass murders for the Nazi cause. This Nazi, Rheingarten, is played in a most charismatic manner by Philip Glenister. Glenister's given several scenes to develop a sympathetic character. He strips off his Nazi uniform jacket and helps a common laborer erect a stone wall, offering warm paternal mentoring as he does so; he kisses the hand of Mrs. Dorr, the woman for whom he yearns, and is attentive to her in other ways; he sheds tears over a death. Rheingarten is depicted as nothing so much as the ideal husband and father: quietly rational, thoughtful, sentimental, careful of others' feelings, masterful when in command, and handy to have around the house. If this depiction of a Nazi does not rankle you, we need to start from scratch.

"I like this series. It doesn't present the stereotype of Nazis as killing machines," one viewer wrote. Perhaps this viewer has been brainwashed by Political Correctness, which insists that there is no such thing as truth, but, rather, only stereotypes and images. The truth is that the Nazis *were* killing machines. There were not only death camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka; there was also Nazi warfare that violated all civilized norms. I dare anyone who insists that nice guys dreamed up, and then deployed, the Einsatzgruppen, the gas vans, the murder of handicapped children, the Blitzkrieg in Poland. Watch documentary footage like "Triumph of the Will;" study archival photos of Nazis in action. Most were not, unlike Philip Glenister, handsome. Even those that were handsome have the look of hardened killers. Sure, Nazis could be charming; even Fania Fenellon, who survived Auschwitz, described Mengele as an always well-dressed, charming man. But superficial charm and immaculate clothing are not the same as goodness. Baron Rheingarten is depicted not just as handsome, not just as well dressed, not just as masterful, but also as fair and good, and that is something that the Nazis were not. Had they been, the between fifty and seventy million people killed during WW II might not have died. Some might argue that the Channel Islands occupation was different; Nazis were much nicer there. In fact, the Jews on the Channel Islands were rounded up by Nazis, with English collaboration, and murdered in Auschwitz. Unless I missed it, this is not mentioned in the series.

"Island at War" attempts to deal with the badness of Nazism by featuring good Nazis versus bad Nazis, sort of like good cop v. bad cop. Rheingarten is the good, and hot, Nazi. Walker is the bad one. Walker of course, also played by a handsome, charismatic actor, is also hot. Okay. History lesson learned.

Another odd feature of this series. If you came to it with no knowledge of World War Two, you might conclude that Nazism was a movement much like Robert Bly's "Men's Movement." It made men cry and beg women for romantic attention. The women all refuse, and the men become very frustrated. A good portion of the scenes in "Island at War" depicts attentive, love-starved Nazi men ever so timidly and politely begging English women for some sugar; the coy English flirts only tease them in return. Lieutenant Walker all but gets on his knees to Zelda, the English girl of his dreams, who rebuffs him with all the coldness of a dominatrix: "You repel me." This scene is a killer – Walker is the bad Nazi, and in this scene, you really want the writers to plumb the mysteries of evil. How could such a bad man love so purely? Can the love of a good woman save a bad man? There is no exploration of these themes. Like most other Island women, Zelda puts herself in compromising positions with a Nazi man, and then blows him off.

I'll say one thing for this series. After watching it years ago, I never forget Philip Glenister's performance. I studied it again when the series came out on DVD. He really is doing something special here, and one only wishes he had a better, more coherent, more integral role in which to work his mojo.

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