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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb series - buy it now, even the title music is terrific, 16 Jun 2011
This review is from: Colditz - The Complete BBC Collection (with 5 Limited Edition Art Cards & Collector's Booklet) [DVD] [1972] (DVD)
I've only just discovered Colditz on Yesterday but am already absolutely hooked - this has to be one of the best series I've seen and thoroughly deserving of a five-star rating as others have given it. What makes this so watchable and believable is the relationship between the prisoners and the Germans - both Anthony Valentine as Major Mohn and Bernard Hepton as the Kommandant are truly superb and the tension between these two key characters alone is terrific - Valentine portraying the unforgiving Nazi and Hepton the old fashioned German soldier, both of whom hold very different views when it comes to the treatment and dealing of the prisoners.

David McCallum gives a solid performance as Carter; however Jack Hedley as Colonel Preston is the real star of the show here with an incredible onscreen presence. Plenty of episodes see new characters introduced and almost all of these are as good as the main cast. I was hugely sceptical when I read other reviews, which talk of the American prisoners, however unlike so many other shows that fall down on incorporating token stereotypical Americans in the hope of selling the series to the US, the American soldiers in Colditz are superbly cast and only add to the show, which again shows the depth of quality with this series.

The stories are great and beautifully paced, showing exactly what a good drama should be - what I find most incredible however is that they're all based on true stories. Up until watching Colditz I had no idea that they actually attempted to simply fly out of the castle in a glider - absolutely brilliant stuff. Watching the series has also inspired me to visit the castle later this year when I visit nearby Dresden. All in all an absolute five-star series, one that I'm enjoying immensely and one that I'll certainly be buying on DVD very soon.
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