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Series cast summary:
Clifford Rose ...  Ludwig Kessler 6 episodes, 1981
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ...  Richard Bauer 6 episodes, 1981
Nitza Shaul ...  Mical Rak 6 episodes, 1981
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ...  Colonel Hans Ruckert 6 episodes, 1981
Alison Glennie Alison Glennie ...  Ingrid Dorf 6 episodes, 1981
Nicholas Young ...  Franz Hoss 6 episodes, 1981
Guy Rolfe ...  Yqueras 3 episodes, 1981
Robert Morris Robert Morris ...  Karl Leider 3 episodes, 1981
John Moreno John Moreno ...  Jose Garriga 3 episodes, 1981
Harold Innocent ...  Deakin 3 episodes, 1981
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ...  Gidney 3 episodes, 1981
Reg Woods Reg Woods ...  Agent 3 episodes, 1981
Jerome Willis ...  Hugo Van Eyck 2 episodes, 1981
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ...  Josef Mengele 2 episodes, 1981
Jim Byars Jim Byars ...  Krebs 2 episodes, 1981
Royston Tickner Royston Tickner ...  Maurer 2 episodes, 1981


In the years after World War II, the tables have turned: ambitious, cruel Gestapo-officer Ludwig Kessler, the most implacable hunter of every opponent to the Third Reich, can no longer deny its rule is militarily annihilated by the Allies. He must now flee himself as he is a war criminal accused of the torture and execution of numerous victims. He manages to get away with a fortune and starts a new life as a businessman, still hoping for another rise of the master race to power, in which his part should be even more prominent, from a (neo-)fascist colony in Paraguay. Meanwhile, Albert Foiret and some of his former Lifeline colleagues play a part in the hunt for the former master-hunter. Written by KGF Vissers

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The ruthless Gestapo officer - in hiding and on the run.


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13 November 1981 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The serial incorporates several elements of Secret Army: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1979), the never aired final episode of Secret Army (1977) which was also written by John Brason: Kessler married his Belgian mistress Madeleine Duclos, who has since died, and has established himself as a major industrialist in West Germany under the pseudonym Manfred Dorf, Monique has a son in his twenties and returns to Brussels for the first time since the end of the war, Albert still owns the Candide in addition to six other restaurants and the surviving members of Lifeline reunite for the purposes of a documentary series entitled "In Our Time" which attempts to expose Kessler as a Nazi war criminal. See more »

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The opening titles start by displaying the letters SS which change to the name Kessler. See more »


Follows Secret Army (1977) See more »

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20 October 2002 | by taipan-1See all my reviews

As the follow-on from Secret Army, Kessler lacks everything Secret Army had, tension, drama, good storylines and plotting and well-drawn characters. Alan Dobie's role as Richard Bauer is poorly developed and you never manage to find out why exactly he is pursuing Kessler or why. Nitza Saul's role, as the young Israeli chasing Kessler and helping Bauer, lacks any definition at all. Alison Glennie, as Kessler's daughter Ingrid, is little more than a cardboard cutout pretend Nazi. Not one of Gerald Glaister's better efforts

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