The Tomorrow People: Season 6, Episode 3

Hitler's Last Secret: Men Like Rats (5 Jun. 1978)

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Nicholas Young ...
Misako Koba ...
Hsui Tai
Michael Holoway ...
Mike
Philip Gilbert ...
Tim (voice)
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Richard Warner ...
Professor Friedl
Leon Eagles ...
Major Hughes
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Earl Rhodes ...
Willi Frisch
Ray Burdis ...
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Charles Skinner ...
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Nazi uniforms are the latest fashion craze being worn by Britain's youths, including Mike. Things grow even more disturbing when John is asked to investigate the death of a boy in Nazi uniform in Germany and learns he was an SS cadet who hadn't aged in over thirty years. Written by skteosk

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John: Do you know who Hitler is?
Michael Bell: Hitler's dead.
John: No, no, Mike, no. Hitler isn't dead. Hitler is Neebor from the planet Vashir, a galatic, shape-changing psychopath. The Federation police have been onto him for hundreds of years. And no one knows where he really is, Mike, but one thing's for sure, he didn't die in any bunker at the end of World War II.
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Hitler's Back - Cosmic!
18 January 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Created by Roger Price, 'The Tomorrow People' was one of several I.T.V. sci-fi shows that attempted to rival 'Dr.Who'. For the uninitiated, the T.P. are a group of youngsters - the next stage in human evolution - possessed of telepathic powers, like Tim Kring's 'Heroes' only minus the tedium. The fondly remembered children's show ran from 1973-79.

This was the first of a two-part story. A new craze among young people for Nazi uniforms sweeps the world. When Mike ( Mike Holloway ) turns up at the T.P.'s H.Q. in a Nazi jacket and peaked cap, he is roundly admonished by John, the T.P.'s leader, who regards his wearing them as an insult to the war dead. Humbled, Mike removes them, but after being roughed up in a café by thugs calling themselves 'stormtroopers', gets the overwhelming urge to put them back on.

Meanwhile, a teenage boy in an S.S. uniform is run over and killed in Germany. Records show he is in fact 44 years old, yet does not look a day over fourteen. John, the leader of the T.P., views archive footage of Hitler in 1944 with the scientists working to perfect cryogenic suspension. The same boy can be seen in the film.

So can it be true? Did the Nazis freeze some of their most brilliant men - including Der Fuhrer himself - place their bodies in an underground bunker, to be watched over by a squad of Hitler youth, kept eternally young through drugs, waiting to be revived to instigate The Fourth Reich? Hitler was a busy fellow in the mid-to-late '70's; a year before, he had been in the care of monks on a remote Scottish island in 'The New Avengers' caper 'The Eagle's Nest'. But whereas he spent the duration of that episode off-screen in a casket, here he is up and about before the end of the first episode, embodied by the late Michael Sheard. The actor played the role several times, most notably in 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade' in 1989.

It should be pointed out, however, that here Hitler is actually a shape-shifting creature from outer space ( strange that Lord Olivier failed to mention this on 'The World At War'! ). In a particularly gruesome ( for the time ) scene, we see Der Fuhrer regain his true state; black goo oozes out of his eyes, his skin goes a slime green, and ( yuck! ) his right eyeball leaves its socket and trickles down his face! I did not see this when it first went out, but bet there were one or two sleepless nights experienced by the original audience.

Spot The Future Star: yes, that is Nicholas Lyndhurst as 'Karl', one of Der Fuhrer's guardians. This was just before 'Going Straight' in which he played Ronnie Barker's drippy son 'Raymond'. He gives a good account of himself here; his experience with Nazis would serve him in good stead twenty years later when he did 'Goodnight Sweetheart'.

As a matter of fact, there was a craze for Nazi badges around this time, but I never saw anyone going so far as to wear a uniform. It would not be tolerated nowadays, of course - unless you are a member of The Royal Family.


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