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 Albert Foiret 43 episodes, 1977-1979
Angela Richards ...
 Monique Duchamps 41 episodes, 1977-1979
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 Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler 38 episodes, 1977-1979
Juliet Hammond ...
 Natalie Chantrens 37 episodes, 1977-1979
Ron Pember ...
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 Dr. Pascal Keldermans 23 episodes, 1977-1979
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 Major Erwin Brandt 22 episodes, 1977-1978
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During World War II, the kind, intelligent and worrisome Albert Foiret runs both a café, which is the only notable public house in a small Belgian town, where locals therefore naturally mix with the Nazi occupation forces, and a just as publicity-shy (even his bed-ridden wife knows nothing) network of the Belgian resistance, devoted to the evacuation of shot-down Allied pilots to Britain. He and his secret 'army' (including some of his staff and the Brussels Dr. Pascal Keldermans), taking orders by illegal radio from London, constantly risk their lives -and if caught by the professionally torturing Gestapo, possibly everyone else's- to find the pilots, hide, nurse and prepare them for the long, dangerous journey out of the Reich under the Nazis' noses, a never ending cat-and-mouse game against specialized German hunters, run by the gentleman Luftwaffe (Air Force)- Major Erwin Brandt and the ruthless Nazi 'secret state police' run by the cunning, authoritarian Sturmbannfuhrer Ludwig ... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 September 1977 (UK)  »

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Belgium - noted for its flat landscape - was recreated on locations in East Anglia which is similarly flat, though some exterior locations were also filmed in Brussels itself. See more »

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secret army
31 May 2005 | by (Mechelen, Belgium.) – See all my reviews

Yes indeed. "Secret army", has to be my favourite series from the 70-ies. A classic in his own right. Very dramatic, very real! Even at this moment it's running again on Belgian TV, and every time it's a joy to watch! I got to mention, especially Kessler, played by Clifford rose, a great performance, even today! I wonder what happened to most of the actors, cause haven't heard or seen much about them after the series. One thing I did find very sorry is, why they had to make a comic version of it! Because the series is telling us of people who risked their lives to save that of others, when Europe, (Belgium), was going trough his most dark period in history! Peter.


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