Apart from the odd isolated episode, I haven't seen this series in 35 years, so it's great to see it again and nice to see how well it still stands up as a well-produced TV drama. Curious though, how close to history did the scriptwriters stick? Over the four episodes this week, the Commandant has scored a couple of hideous own goals, firstly by allowing the inmates to put on a theatre production (useful cover for all sorts of covert goings-on, with the added distraction of cacaphonous noise allowing for bars to be filed thru etc etc), then allowing a choir of seasoned escapees to perform in the local church, with somewhat inevitable results. Was Herr Commandant the most naive man in Germany?? Last night's episode particularly good, a bad-egg type inmate appears in the form of a card-sharp, with tragic results all round. The future Doctor Legg from Eastenders features as a Feldwebel with a fatal weakness for gambling (funny bit of casting considering how Jewish-looking the actor in question is, but there you go). Anyhow, I'm hooked. Yesteryear channel, 10pm.
"And I will show you where the Iron Crosses grow!"