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Enemy at the Door 

During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, try to cope with the German occupation.
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Series cast summary:
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ...  Major Richter / ... 26 episodes, 1978-1980
Bernard Horsfall ...  Dr. Philip Martel / ... 23 episodes, 1978-1980
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ...  Olive Martel 22 episodes, 1978-1980
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell ...  Sturmbannführer Reinicke / ... 21 episodes, 1978-1980
Simon Lack Simon Lack ...  Major Freidel 21 episodes, 1978-1980
John Malcolm John Malcolm ...  Oberleutnant Kluge 19 episodes, 1978-1980
Richard Heffer ...  Peter Porteous 16 episodes, 1978-1980
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Clare Martel 15 episodes, 1978-1980
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During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, try to cope with the German occupation.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

21 January 1978 (UK) See more »

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Enemy at the Door See more »

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(26 episodes) | (13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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John Nettles portrayed a Detective Sergeant in one episode of this series, set on the island of Jersey. From 1981-91 he portrayed Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac, in a series set on the island of Jersey. See more »

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Enjoyable series, a bit stagey
19 February 2012 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

I came across this drama some months ago two-thirds of the way through its showing on the "Yesterday" channel here in the UK. Now it's being repeated again, and I've seen perhaps half the episodes. Hopefully I'll get around to seeing them all when/if it's repeated again! It's well worth watching and explores some interesting situations between the occupiers and residents. But it never ran to a third series, which would have had to deal with a worsening situation as the war progressed, supplies dried up and Jewish citizens deported.

I'm not one for characterising all, or indeed many, Germans in the war as Nazi thugs, but those most frequently featured in the series do come across as particularly humane, in fact benign - with the exception, of course, of Reinicke. I assume that all the characters are fictitious. With the series being first screened 35 years after the Occupation there would have been plenty of Guernsey people alive to have commented on the authenticity.

Perhaps now and then things get a bit stagey, that is, as it's a stage play, with some quite wordy dialogue. But I am looking forward to viewing the episodes I haven't seen yet.


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