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I first saw this programme as a child watching with my parents when it
was broadcast in the late 1970s. I found it compelling then, though I
did not understand some of the nuances. But having watched it again
recently on UKTV Gold I have to say that it is one of the very best
dramas of its era, and indeed of the subsequent period.
It never took a simplistic view of the people involved, and developed the characters over time. None of the moral situations the characters find themselves in are presented in black and white terms. The very final episodes, when liberation is close and retribution is being sought against people considered to be "collaborators", are so dramatic, and I will not forgot the tone of the final episode set on the day the war in Europe ended.
I recently purchased the DVD of the first series. The very first
episode quickly reminded of how much I enjoyed all 23. It is truly
compelling television. All the characters, even the most minor are well
cast and played magnificently by all. I particularly enjoyed the
Machiavellian scheming of "Richard Cross", played by Stanley Tucci, the
smart comments of judge Beth Bornstein(I forget her real name) and
Miriam Grasso played by Barbara Bosson (with such aplomb!).
They don't make them like this any more, 24 does not cut it in comparison.