After his brother is killed during interrogation, Flight Lt. Andre De Beers, a Belgian officer, kills a guard and escapes from the depleted Gestapo HQ... See full synopsis »

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Bernard Hepton ...
Angela Richards ...
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Juliet Hammond ...
Natalie Chantrens (as Juliet Hammond-Hill)
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After his brother is killed during interrogation, Flight Lt. Andre De Beers, a Belgian officer, kills a guard and escapes from the depleted Gestapo HQ... See full synopsis »

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20 December 1978 (UK)  »

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An evader places both his own people AND Lifeline in Danger
8 February 2007 | by (LONDON) – See all my reviews

BROADCAST ON UkTV DRAMA in Feb 2007 - 30 years after the ORIGINAL transmission date and every bit as good!

A FEW SPOILERS

An RAF evader (De Beers) manages to escape whilst being interrogated at SS Headquarters. His brother was killed during the same interrogation, and the airman is filled with hate and revenge.

Kessler the head of the SS hits the roof and threatens the guards that they will be posted to the Eastern Front! The escaped prisoner seeks out Alan - an old friend of long ago - not knowing that Alan is deeply involved with Lifeline. The prisoner's anger swells as time passes, as the thoughts of his brother's torture that lead to his death.

Alan reports the events to Albert the head of Lifeline - and forewarns Alan that he must have a close eye kept on him. Albert's intuition serves him well - he has gone on his return having stolen some money from Alan.

Alan awaits for his return; in the meantime news has spread quickly of the killing of a German soldier for which Kessler orders the lives of 20 random Belgian citizens to be executed.

It all gets very messy, and its decided without the knowledge or permission of Albert that De Beers shall go 'down the line' back to Britain for the purpose of coming back another day to take part as an airman in the war.

His return to Britain and Revenge happens very quickly; Kessler takes leave and leaves his colleague in charge.

Albert in the meantime learns about De Beers being taken down the line, and makes it clear to his lover and colleague that it can never happen again - threatening the demise of Monique's life should she go behind his back again.

Whilst the SS are being shown new technology involving TV cameras and 'Big Brother' tactics, a British Fighter Plane is caught in the sights of the plane - piloted by DE BEERS. Kessler returns early from his leave.

De Beers takes the opportunity to inflict great damage on SS headquarters, and this is seen through the new camera surveillance technology - during the shooting commotion, Kessler is saved by Airman colleague Brante.

A special delivery letter giving hard evidence of disloyalty to the Fuhrer was left unopened before the shooting due to the meeting they had to attend about the technology.

Even though Kessler's life was saved by Brante, Kessler opens the letter and is disturbed by the contents - leaving Brante with a pistol, with an intimation to do the right thing.

It was necessary to summarise this episode due to the fact that there were many threads therein that needed to be mentioned.


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