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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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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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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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Drama | History | War

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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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The 43rd and final episode, "What Did You Do in the War Daddy", was never aired. It was supposedly set in the present day but because the BBC were unhappy with the old age make-up, it was never broadcast. The sequel series "Kessler" featured a lot of "The Secret Army" cast in its first episode to act as a bridge between the two. See more »

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Have To Agree
22 August 2001 | by fushionSee all my reviews

I too am "revisiting" this programme on UK Drama and it truly is a gem though you do realise where "Allo Allo" came from at times - I hope now that UK Drama have shown this twice that they show the follow up "Kessler" made in 1981 - i can vaguely recall it.


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