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Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B 

During World War 1 major Errol Phipps is determined to escape from Stalag Luft 112B but his attempts all fail. However all the other prisoners and the guards succeed, leaving him alone in ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Franklin

Writers:

Michael Palin (by), Terry Jones (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Palin ... Major Errol Phipps / Cpl Chipps
Roy Kinnear ... Vogel
John Phillips ... Colonel Harcourt Badger Owen
Timothy Carlton ... Nicholson
David Griffin ... Attenborough
Julian Hough Julian Hough ... Biolek
David English David English ... 2nd Guard
Roland MacLeod Roland MacLeod ... Dusty (as Roland Macleod)
Nicholas Day ... Sgt. Major Errol
Hugh Janes Hugh Janes ... Carter
Philip Graham Philip Graham ... Ginger
James Charles James Charles ... Walcott
Glen Cunningham Glen Cunningham ... Bo Bo (as Glen Cunningham)
David Machin David Machin ... Tosh
Ronald Fletcher Ronald Fletcher ... Narrator (voice)
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During World War 1 major Errol Phipps is determined to escape from Stalag Luft 112B but his attempts all fail. However all the other prisoners and the guards succeed, leaving him alone in the camp to make elaborate plans - including a tunnel system so extensive it becomes the Munich Underground. He is so obsessed with his escape plans he fails to realise that the war has ended and dies a disappointed man. He does however manage to escape from his grave after he has been buried though. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (newsreel archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Michael Palin's character is introduced at the start of the episode as Major Errol Phipps, however the gravestone at the end of the episode bears the inscription Major Edwin Phipps. See more »

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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B
15 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A parody of The Great Escape as Michael Palin plays Major Phipps, a serial escaper from POW camps in World War One. Phipps tried to escape 200 times while he was still in England.

Now he has been sent to the notorious Stalag Luft 112 B which even has a waiting list. Phipps is shocked to find out that the British officers are reluctant to escape but he carries on alone, building a glider made from toilet rolls. Only to find out all the British officers have escaped without telling him. Later the German guards escape leaving Phipps on his own.

It is an absurd parody, good fun and Roy Kinnear always brings a smile as the German guard infuriated by the British officers.


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