Very curious to see this, if it does get released.
I wouldn't expect it to match the standard of Secret Army because its basic premise seems a lot more limited. Plus there've been very mixed reviews from those who've seen it. Probably depends the quality of the cast and scripts.
Given the incredible heroism and ultimate sacrifice of others during the war, I'm afraid it makes the fate of the Colditz prisoners seem rather trivial in comparison.
Still fantastic to hear that a series that seemed to be permanently blocked appears to be available at last!
"From my ancestors the Gauls I have pale blue eyes, a narrow brain, and awkwardness in competition.
I think my clothes are as barbaric as theirs. But I don't butter my hair."
- Louis Garrel
As mentioned by Chris earlier, comparing Colditz to Secret Army is a touch unfair. If one watches it purely for what it is, you'll probably enjoy it more. The series is not without it's faults mind you - as Ian points out. It's still a cracking series though IMO.
As always, if you're not sure about getting it and haven't seen the series before, wait until next Spring when the prices will have dropped.
Personally, I'll just be glad to get rid of my ropey old t*rrent-sourced copies.
Delighted to see this is coming out - I have pretty ropey dubs of my UK Gold recordings so it will be nice to get an upgrade.
I havent watched the series since around 1994-95 but remember liking it a lot.
I've had ropey UK Gold recordings of this too, for more than five years now, and have never watched a single episode. Don't think I even know where my DVD-R's of this are anymore...
Once it goes down in price I'll grab it, however. BBC historical dramas? Can't get enough of 'em.
"I never thought this fighting an antediluvian monster would be such a complicated job." (Bram Stoker, The Lair of the White Worm, chapter 21)
It's about time that we had a new WWII historical series I reckon. I'd love to see a British version of something like Band of Brothers. There are some terrific stories of British units that operated behind enemy lines during the war too.
In fact, another idea that springs to mind would be a good drama on the 'forgotten service' - the Merchant Navy. Brave men who faced the wolf packs in the Atlantic for bugger-all pay and very little recognition, and paid a high price in their endeavours.
The success of "Foyles War" indicates the setting of WWII (or possibly any war) can be an effective one for use a backdrop ... but it's no co-incidence that c1970 to mid 80s/1990 was the period of so many WWII dramas (and even sitcoms).
The same reason "All Creatures Great an Small" appeared 1978-1988 and "Heartbeat" turned up in 1992 .... just the requisit amount of time had passed from when the dramatised events occurred/were set.
Alternatively, I wouldn't mind seeing a dramatisation of Len Deighton's SS-GB, or something along those lines.
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were and ask why not."
- Robert F. Kennedy
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