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Island at War 

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During the Second World War, a quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.
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Complete series cast summary:
Saskia Reeves ...  Cassie Mahy 6 episodes, 2004
Owen Teale ...  PC Wilf Jonas 6 episodes, 2004
Julia Ford ...  Kathleen Jonas 6 episodes, 2004
Clare Holman ...  Felicity Dorr 6 episodes, 2004
James Wilby ...  Sen. James Dorr 6 episodes, 2004
Sean Gallagher ...  Sheldon Leveque 6 episodes, 2004
Joanne Froggatt ...  Angelique Mahy 6 episodes, 2004
Samantha Robinson Samantha Robinson ...  June Mahy 6 episodes, 2004
Ann Rye Ann Rye ...  Ada Jonas 6 episodes, 2004
Philip Glenister ...  Oberst Heinrich Baron Von Rheingarten 6 episodes, 2004
Daniel Flynn ...  Hauptmann Dieter Muller 6 episodes, 2004
Conor Mullen ...  Oberleutnant Walker 6 episodes, 2004
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Bailiff Francis La Palotte 5 episodes, 2004
Caroline Strong Caroline Strong ...  Margaret 5 episodes, 2004
Sean Ward Sean Ward ...  Colin Jonas 5 episodes, 2004
Sam Heughan ...  Philip Dorr 5 episodes, 2004
Laurence Fox ...  Bernhardt Tellemann 5 episodes, 2004
Louisa Clein ...  Zelda Kay 5 episodes, 2004
Stephen Mallatratt Stephen Mallatratt ...  Vicar 4 episodes, 2004
Andrew Havill ...  Oberleutnant Flach 4 episodes, 2004
Colin Tierney ...  Oberwachtmeister Wimmel 4 episodes, 2004
Richard Dempsey ...  Eugene La Salle 3 episodes, 2004
Nick Roud Nick Roud ...  Ronald (Colin's Friend) 3 episodes, 2004
Sarah Kirkman Sarah Kirkman ...  Delphine 2 episodes, 2004
Cara Chase ...  Mrs. La Salle 2 episodes, 2004
Malcolm Raeburn Malcolm Raeburn ...  Mr. La Salle 2 episodes, 2004


Set during the occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. The story shows how Island life changed overnight after a German invasion. Islanders were restricted to walking and cycling, town names were changed to German names, clocks were set to continental time, and no society could meet without the permission of German High Command. The focus is on three families, the Dorrs, the Jonases and the Mahys, as they struggle on with day to day life under the restrictive new system. Written by Anonymous

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Not renewed due to the death of the main writer (cancer); high cost of production, £1 million per episode; and controversy over historical accuracy (IMO embarrassment in Channel Islands and UK over, respectively, the behavior of islanders during occupation, eg. collaboration, profiteering and fraternization, and the abandonment of the islands by Churchill's government in 1940). See more »


One of the daughters sings in the nightclub at the beginning "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." It wasn't written then, and not until 1942. Further, its entire message is from an American girl to her American GI during the war. That apple tree is somewhere in rural America. Not in the Channel Islands. This scene takes places a year or two prior to America even entering the war. See more »


Oberleutnant Flach: [ironically] Inconvenient, isn't it, war?
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A glimpse at life during the occupation of the Channel Islands
24 November 2018 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

A glimpse of what life may have looked like during the beginning of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. This is the third production I've watched about this subject, and I rank them in the following order, as to how they tell the stories of the occupation: ENEMY AT THE DOOR - 9 (a TV series, dated but superbly written and performed, deals with the wide variety of the war time conditions, struggles and stories, giving the more fullest understanding of the occupation); THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY - 10 (my favourite movie of 2018, fantastic cast, wonderful performances, well written and told from the point of view of a small group of islanders); ISLAND AT WAR - 7 (good cast, some favourite actors, good performances but rather rambling story telling that doesn't do full justice to the potential stories and feels as though the writer didn't know how to resolve the piece). So, I highly recommend sourcing out the first two (I found ENEMY on DVD at my Library, and GUERNSEY on Netflix) and, if you enjoy the work of Laurence Fox, Sam Heughan, Joanne Froggatt, Clare Holman and Owen Teale, I found this series on DVD at my Library, as well. {Historical Drama}

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23 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Castletown, Isle of Man See more »


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