In the years after World War II, the tables have turned: ambitious, cruel Gestapo-officer Ludwig Kessler, the most implacable hunter of every opponent to the Third Reich, can no longer deny... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1981  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Secret Army (1977–1979)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

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.

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose
Colditz (1972–1974)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The prisoners in Colditz Castle make many attempts to escape captivity from the arrival of the first British prisoners after Dunkirk in 1940 until the liberation of the castle by the ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Richard Heffer, Paul Chapman
Danger UXB (1979)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy
Tenko (1981–1984)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.

Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman
Holocaust (TV Mini-Series 1978)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.

Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans
I, Claudius (1976)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook
Enemy at the Door (1978–1980)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, try to cope with the German occupation.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall, Antonia Pemberton
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Clifford Rose ...  Ludwig Kessler 6 episodes, 1981
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ...  Richard Bauer 6 episodes, 1981
Nitza Shaul ...  Mical Rak 6 episodes, 1981
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ...  Colonel Hans Ruckert 6 episodes, 1981
Alison Glennie Alison Glennie ...  Ingrid Dorf 6 episodes, 1981
Nicholas Young ...  Franz Hoss 6 episodes, 1981
Guy Rolfe ...  Yqueras 3 episodes, 1981
Robert Morris Robert Morris ...  Karl Leider 3 episodes, 1981
John Moreno John Moreno ...  Jose Garriga 3 episodes, 1981
Harold Innocent ...  Deakin 3 episodes, 1981
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ...  Gidney 3 episodes, 1981
Reg Woods Reg Woods ...  Agent 3 episodes, 1981
Jerome Willis ...  Hugo Van Eyck 2 episodes, 1981
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ...  Josef Mengele 2 episodes, 1981
Jim Byars Jim Byars ...  Krebs 2 episodes, 1981
Royston Tickner Royston Tickner ...  Maurer 2 episodes, 1981
Edit

Storyline

In the years after World War II, the tables have turned: ambitious, cruel Gestapo-officer Ludwig Kessler, the most implacable hunter of every opponent to the Third Reich, can no longer deny its rule is militarily annihilated by the Allies. He must now flee himself as he is a war criminal accused of the torture and execution of numerous victims. He manages to get away with a fortune and starts a new life as a businessman, still hoping for another rise of the master race to power, in which his part should be even more prominent, from a (neo-)fascist colony in Paraguay. Meanwhile, Albert Foiret and some of his former Lifeline colleagues play a part in the hunt for the former master-hunter. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series | See All (1) »

Taglines:

The ruthless Gestapo officer - in hiding and on the run.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1981 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The serial depicts Martin Bormann and Dr. Josef Mengele as still being alive in 1981. At the time, many people believed that they were. However, it was later proven that they were both dead by then. Bormann committed suicide on May 2, 1945 on a bridge near Lehrter station in Berlin. The body was discovered in 1965 but it was not conclusively identified as Bormann's until 1998, though there was a provisional determination to that effect in 1973. Mengele drowned after suffering a stroke while swimming off the Brazilian coast on February 7, 1979 and was buried under a false name. His remains were disinterred and positively identified by forensic examination in 1985. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles start by displaying the letters SS which change to the name Kessler. See more »

Connections

Follows Secret Army (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent
5 May 2002 | by jmb3222See all my reviews

I remember watching this when it was first shown on the BBC. It takes the story on, post-war, of what becomes of Gestapo chief Kessler. Hopefully UK Drama will show this - as they are now showing Secret Army.

All the superlatives about Secret Army apply equally to this. It may be a cliche, but drama like this makes the BBC license fee worthwhile!


12 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed