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Secret Army 

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.

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Gerard Glaister
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1979   1978   1977  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bernard Hepton ...  Albert Foiret 43 episodes, 1977-1979
Angela Richards Angela Richards ...  Monique Duchamps 41 episodes, 1977-1979
Clifford Rose ...  Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler 38 episodes, 1977-1979
Juliet Hammond Juliet Hammond ...  Natalie Chantrens 37 episodes, 1977-1979
Ron Pember Ron Pember ...  Alain Muny 28 episodes, 1977-1979
Valentine Dyall ...  Dr. Pascal Keldermans 23 episodes, 1977-1979
Michael Culver ...  Major Erwin Brandt 22 episodes, 1977-1978
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Storyline

During World War II, Albert Foiret runs both a café in Brussels, where locals mix with the Nazi occupation forces, and a network of the Belgian resistance called Lifeline, devoted to the evacuation of downed Allied pilots to Britain. He and his secret 'army' constantly risk their own lives and those of many others to find the pilots, hide, nurse and prepare them for the long, dangerous journey out of the Reich under the Nazis' noses. It is a never ending cat-and-mouse game against specialized German hunters, the gentlemanly Luftwaffe officer Major Erwin Brandt and the ruthless Gestapo officer Sturmbannfuhrer Ludwig Kessler, whose devotion to Hitler's cause is boundless. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El ejército secreto See more »

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Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the pre-production for series three, Bernard Hepton asked for time off to do theatre work. For this reason, his character, Albert, was imprisoned for six episodes and only appeared on short pre-shot film scenes from Secret Army: A Safe Place (1979) to Secret Army: Sound of Thunder (1979). All of these scenes were directed by Michael E. Briant despite the fact he only directed three of the six episodes. Tristan de Vere Cole, who directed the other three, was reportedly unhappy with the scenes, saying they were distinctly "indiscreet" as they had Albert and his visitors repeatedly shouting out Lifeline secrets in the middle of Havenlaan prison. See more »

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Classic Drama At Its Best!
20 August 2000 | by Tony1983See all my reviews

I wasn't even born when this series was first made. It was my mother who introduced me to the series on uk drama. She insisted that I 'give it a chance.'I am glad that I did!

During the first series the show showed little potential, the characters were stereotypical and shallow, such as Kessler, with his robotic like ways and constant determination to get one over on life line. The melodramatic content was so bad you could almost hear him shouting: 'I'll get you next time!' at the end of every episode. However somebody waved their magic wand at the start of the second series, because the show changed it's angle completely. With the dramatic exit of Yvette, (one of my favourite scenes in television)and the introduction of the Candide. We saw alot of changes for the characters. Kessler gained a love interest, and at last we could see his human side.Life line too showed it had some weak human traits, more often then not Albert's greed resulted in him ordering command just so that he could keep his precious restaurant. And when Monique was left in charge at the end of series two she turned into a bit of a boozer! More importantly, as the storylines developed and conspiracies got more complicated, life line didn't always end up on top, usually at the expense of poor Natalie or Monique.

The show came to prove that it was more about humans fight for survival. And less about the adventurous action man enthusiasm sometimes given to war in american films. What a shame that somebody made a spoof in the form of 'allo, 'allo. This became more famous than the original classic and now shadows it's brilliance. As my Mother insisted to me, I would insist to you: 'give it a chance, please!'


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