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A British intelligence officer has to ensure that a captured German scientist helps the British develop jet aircraft.
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A British intelligence officer has to ensure that a captured German scientist helps the British develop jet aircraft.

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Release Date:

10 November 2016 (UK) See more »

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Close to the Enemy See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, England, UK See more »

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Little Island Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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A more correct version of the plot should have focused on the number of German aeronautical engineers that came to work in the U.K., either willingly or taken using T-Force as shown in this series, and included engineers such as Dietrich Küchemann, Johanna Weber and Hans Multhopp. Multhopp did in fact design a supersonic jet aircraft for the British at the RAE - however, as soon as it reached the prototype stage, Multhopp was taken of his own project, as he was classed as an 'enemy alien' working in Britain. See more »

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Wonderful drama
22 December 2016 | by asennett-78545See all my reviews

I expect this will annoy some people and if so all well and good. Reading the negative reviews of Poliakoff's recent BBC drama I was apt to think that the reviewers were likely to be from a particular demographic: white, middle aged and ( this is a long shot) Brexit voters. It seems to me that they have completely misunderstood the whole point of this brilliant drama. It is indeed stylistically quirky, stilted in its language and takes a long time to get to its real points. However, it is a wonderful journey and well worth the seven hours it takes to get there. Far from being poorly acted, as several people state, it is quite brilliantly acted and huge talents like Lindsay Duncan and Alfred Molina are far from wasted. Moreover there are new talents being revealed here. I think that the reason several reviewers hate it so much is that it is a cultured and deliberately nuanced piece of drama that demands the audience pay attention and read between the lines. For it is not really about the 1940s at all! It is about now. It is about the racism and bigotry of the time in which we live. The intolerance of difference and tendency to avoid thinking in our society. The moral dilemmas of the central characters are not simply those of the 1940s where murderers got away with things because the British, Americans and Russians wanted to use their knowledge to create weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons are not only still with us but pose a threat that may be even greater than in the Cold War era. It is about power in age age when bigotry, racism and fear are ever present. The efforts of some to create a Europe and international community of cooperation are placed in jeopardy by the ignorance of those who don't want to think, don't wish to explore the past for what it can teach us and who simply want the crap of the vast majority of media output we are presented with on TV, film and the Internet. If you can't see that you have totally misunderstood the point of Poliakoff's work.

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