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Secret Army 

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.

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Gerard Glaister
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3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977  
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Series cast summary:
Bernard Hepton ...  Albert Foiret 43 episodes, 1977-1979
Angela Richards Angela Richards ...  Monique Duchamps 41 episodes, 1977-1979
Clifford Rose ...  Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler 38 episodes, 1977-1979
Juliet Hammond Juliet Hammond ...  Natalie Chantrens 37 episodes, 1977-1979
Ron Pember Ron Pember ...  Alain Muny 28 episodes, 1977-1979
Valentine Dyall ...  Dr. Pascal Keldermans 23 episodes, 1977-1979
Michael Culver ...  Major Erwin Brandt 22 episodes, 1977-1978
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During World War II, Albert Foiret runs both a café in Brussels, where locals mix with the Nazi occupation forces, and a network of the Belgian resistance called Lifeline, devoted to the evacuation of downed Allied pilots to Britain. He and his secret 'army' constantly risk their own lives and those of many others to find the pilots, hide, nurse and prepare them for the long, dangerous journey out of the Reich under the Nazis' noses. It is a never ending cat-and-mouse game against specialized German hunters, the gentlemanly Luftwaffe officer Major Erwin Brandt and the ruthless Gestapo officer Sturmbannfuhrer Ludwig Kessler, whose devotion to Hitler's cause is boundless. Written by KGF Vissers

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Gerald Glaister pitched the series to the Controller of BBC1 when he shared a lift with him at the BBC Headquarters. By the time the lift reached the Controller's floor, Glaister had himself a deal. See more »

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An absolute masterpiece
11 October 2016 | by kitsun-58782See all my reviews

To say that Secret Army is not your average WW2 show is an understatement . Everything from the locations to the characters remains original even by today's standards . It truly is an amazing story-driven show that one shouldn't watch if it is action that you are looking for .

It takes on themes that aren't pictured very often in movies and show , like the escape lines in the first place , most of the time people will prefer to focus on active resistance fighters rather than more passive movements . It also has a much more realistic if not dark and gritty approach than most others War shows and hardly ever " glorifies " the actions of the protagonists . It is often hard to define who the protagonists really are in the show due to what the people of Lifeline often have to do to protect themselves or the pilots they are trying to send back to England . Added to the general antipathetic behaviour of some of the main characters the likable characters appear to be very few , whilst the despicable characters are many and on both sides .

They also have a very interesting way of depicting the German side with a strong duality between the honourable and sympathetic Luftwaffe Officer for whom you might find yourself rooting for before you know it , and the ruthless , sadistic Officer of the SS which is so brilliantly portrayed that he might just be one of the most evil characters you've seen on TV .

The great acting from the whole cast only contributes to further immerse you in the dreadful atmosphere of the life under the Occupation , and ties in pretty well with real historical events often depicted in the show . And needless to say that as someone who knows Brussels and its surroundings , it was even more appealing since all the streets and locations showed and mentioned throughout the 3 seasons are real and give you a nice idea of how Brussels looked 30 years ago . They even made an extra effort to have background chatters recorded in French and Dutch to add to the authenticity of the setting .


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1977 (UK) See more »

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El ejército secreto See more »

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(42 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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