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Island at War 

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 ...  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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Drama | War


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Release Date:

23 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Castletown, Isle of Man See more »


Box Office


£9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Granada Television See more »
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(6 parts)

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Did You Know?


Just before Urban Mahy's funeral a German soldier tries to chat up one of the daughters, asking her is she'll be his 'Pennsylvania 65000'. He couldn't have known that Glenn Miller tune, as it only became known in Europe after the USA entered the war in Europe, which was officially 18 months later (and effectively even later than that). See more »


Oberleutnant Flach: [ironically] Inconvenient, isn't it, war?
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Great Show!
29 May 2005 | by kjack16See all my reviews

If you like good drama and shows about WWII, you will love this show. Every single actor is excellent and the romantic subplots are delicious. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.

I've watched the show several times and each time have found new lines and facial expressions that add more to the characters and the plot.

I can only imagine what life on those lovely islands must have been like when occupied by the enemy but I think this show depicts it as good as possible. Yes, the Germans were "just people" until they did something to make the people realize that they WERE in control. To fraternize or not? How would I have acted in that situation. . . . Makes one think.

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