Friday, October 5, 2007


Distributor: Network
Certificate: 12 | region 2 | 6 disc set
Extras: No

Kate Buffery, Suzanna Hamilton, Julian Glover, Michael J Jackson, Jane Asher, Warren Clarke, Terence Hardiman

This thoroughly excellent late 1980s world war II drama gets all three of its series released in a 6 disc set by Network this month. Drawing comparisons with such shows as Secret Army and Manhunt the series stars Kate Buffery (in her first big lead role) as 20 some thing Liz Graniger, she has a five year old daughter and her husband is away fighting overseas.

Determined to do her bit she responds to an appeal by the SOE (Special Operations Executive aka The Outfit) who are looking for fluent French speakers, Liz is teamed up with younger cockney Matty Firman and together the pair are dropped behind enemy lines to help co-ordinate the resistance.

Their boss is Colonel James Cad Cadogan and others on the team include Oxford Grad Faith Ashley and teenage Lois Mountjoy, over in France the girls mostly work with baronets son Kit Vanston and resistance worker Claudine.

Warren Clarke also appears as head of the German forces Colonel Krieger although he is later replaced by General Stuckler.
Like Secret Army this is one very tense series especially as we come to know the characters and its also brilliant to be able to follow a series right the way through from beginning to conclusion.