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Series cast summary:
Michael Elphick ...  Private Gerhard Schulz 6 episodes, 1981
Ian Richardson ...  Major Neuheim / ... 6 episodes, 1981
Cyril Shaps ...  Solly 5 episodes, 1981
Billie Whitelaw ...  Bertha Freyer 4 episodes, 1981
Terence Suffolk Terence Suffolk ...  Willy Schumacher 4 episodes, 1981
Walter Sparrow ...  Becker 4 episodes, 1981
Alla Sharova Alla Sharova ...  Violinist 4 episodes, 1981
Clive Merrison ...  Radio Announcer / ... 3 episodes, 1981
David Swift ...  Professor Bodelschwingh 2 episodes, 1981
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ...  Krauss 2 episodes, 1981
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ...  Bus Conductor 2 episodes, 1981
Mark Wingett ...  Walter Schmidt 2 episodes, 1981
Trevor T. Smith Trevor T. Smith ...  Captain Ohm 2 episodes, 1981
Darlene Johnson Darlene Johnson ...  Kitty 2 episodes, 1981
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The Time - WWII, the place - Germany. The Germans have a plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes. Private Schultz is coerced into organizing a gang of unwilling volunteers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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6 May 1981 (UK) See more »

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Salainen sotamies See more »

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(6 parts)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Philip Hinchcliffe has said this series is one of his proudest achievements as a producer. See more »

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[About the German plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes]
Major Neuheim: This could revolutionize the whole concept of war finance. It could become possible to fight a war entirely at the expense of the enemy.
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Evil as a bureaucracy - with a comic twist
29 May 2005 | by senshaSee all my reviews

Based upon reality, this wonderful series took off with the minor character only wanting to get along within an organization that was bound to bring down the British economy through counterfeit money. While it's true that part of the series is set in a DZ, it's part and parcel with the trials of the title character, who tries to avoid active service by any means.

Naturally, his avoidance is foiled at every turn. Through the machinations of his superiors, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the scheme, which is advanced through the "Technical Section of the SS", a mistake proof bureau that manages to fowl things up about once an episode.

Despite the bungling of the "experts" (and the best efforts of the good private) the banknotes finally reach their destination. How they end up is the punch line (as well as an excuse for a final comic turn for the star members of the case.

It's not Blackadder, but it's still a different (and comic) take that's worth watching.


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