Secret Army: The Complete First Series [DVD] 
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The entire first series of the BBC's popular drama. Starring Jan Francis and Bernard Hepton it is considered an authentic portrayal of the Lifeline resistance network in Brussels during the Second World War. Episodes include: 'Lisa - Code Name Yvette', 'Sergeant on the Run', 'Radishes With Butter', 'Child's Play', 'Second Chance', 'Growing Up', 'Lost Sheep', 'Guilt', 'Too Near Home', 'Identity in Doubt', 'A Question of Loyalty', 'Hymn to Freedom', 'Bait', 'Good Friday', 'Suspicions' and 'Be the First in Your Block to Rule the World'.
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But would I enjoy it if I hadn't been engrossed in watching it the first time around?
Yes, I think I would.
The scripts are excellent with some very compelling running stories, the production values are high for the time, the acting good.
The three series are actually very different and I think it is worth seeing all three of them.
Series 1 introduces Lifeline, a line founded in Belgium by "Yvette" to get RAF fliers back to the UK so they could continue to fight in the war. Yvette and her helpers take huge risks to do this. They use the cover of the Candide, a restaurant, as they do their work. This series has more interaction with the fliers whose existence is crucial to the plot but who are not really part of the story. They come. They go. I liked the human stories.
Series 2 shows a change in the Candide and more involvement with the occupiers.
As someone else has said, this drama spent as much time on the lives of the occupiers as the occupied. It maybe says something that I can remember vividly what happened to Major Brandt but I had not remembered what happened to Monique. There are still some very thrilling stories and mysteries to be solved.
Series 3 - a new direction again, with a natural end with the end of the war, the break down that followed, Special Operations, communists, it's all there still with human stories.
The moral ambiguities of what the characters do under stress are shown.
I found the end very moving but a bit rushed.Read more ›
The pacing is sometimes a little slow - especially in the early episodes, but by halfway through series one you will be watching "just one more episode" into the wee small hours.
The charcterisation is simply superb - with the key Nazis portrayed as rounded three dimensional characters rather than just stereotypical and predictable baddies. The ongoing tensions and differences of approach between the Luftwaffe and the Gestapo constitute a quite brilliant sub-plot.
Also, the key figures running the escape line are not the purist of heroes. Not only do they all have personality flaws, but will pursue morally questionable methods in pursuit of their goal.
My only criticism would be that the British airmen are portrayed as being too hapless and boyish - but as their role in the plot is faciltative rather than central, this is a minor negative.
Most satisfying of all are the genuinely unpredictable twists and turns in the plot. Informed guesses by the viewer as to "what happens next?" are often wide of the mark. This contributes enormously to the tension of each installment - especially as each episode tends to end on a downbeat note. You will find yourself holding yuor breath until the final credits roll.
If you have even a cursory interest in the Second World War and/or are a enjoy movies such as the Great Escape, then this is an absolute "must buy". 40+ hours of some of the best drama ever produced by the BBC and probablyt he best £100 I have ever spent on DVDs. Simply glorious.
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I'm a huge fan of the spoof version 'Allo 'Allo and I mentioned to my husband I had never seen the drama that had inspired it, Secret Army, when it was first broadcast on TV (I was... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tracey Morait
First class viewing as I had not seen this for years. Great episodes about British airmen who baled out during second world war and were hidden by Belgians and French. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Smiler
Beyond all expectations and reviews.
Disappointed Bernard Hepton's bio was'nt included in the Cast interviews at the end of the series. Read more
Absolutely fantastic, can't reccomend It enough! And once you've watched all this go and buy Colditz (also starring Bernard Hepton) that's just as good !Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by Jon Nolan
Secret Army is the one of the best tv serials I watched during 80s. Everyone should watch this no matter young or old.Published on 20 May 2013 by Nirmala Frikke
These discs were a present for my wife and brought back many memories.The product was a BBC production and was of high quality.Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Nigel Lord
Really great, authentic, dignified (sex and swear free) account of Belgian bravery during WWII.
Should be shown to all under 30s.
I liked the whole series so much I purchased "Kessler" and also "Allo, Allo". This series was well acted and showed problems faced by the Partisans. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by Peter R. Gallagher
Secret Army - The Complete BBC Series 1, 2 & 3 [DVD]
I bought this as I watched it as a child, it was fantastic and found myself watching at least a couple of episodes every... Read more