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BBC1 / 28x50m-e / 1972-74 Season One: 19 Oct 72 – 25 Jan 1973 / Season Two: 7 Jan – 1 April 1974


Creator: Brian Degas, Gerard Glaister / Producer: Gerard Glaister 


Atmospheric and tense stories based on the true exploits of P.R. Reid and his colleagues who were imprisoned as P.O.W.’s by the Germans during WWII in the sinister and supposedly inescapable Colditz Castle (officially known as Oflag IVC).

As much screen time was given to the Germans especially the Kommandant played by Bernard Hepton and Major Mohn played by Anthony Valentine. Flying the flag for the allies were Robert Wagner and David McCallum, in charge of the interests of the allies was Lt Col Preston.


Made with heavy US investment in the form of a co-production deal with Universal – hence the appearance of Robert Wagner. The series came to a natural conclusion after two seasons with the inmates being liberated by the advancing allies in 1945.


With:- JACK HEDLEY as Lt Col John Preston / EDWARD HARDWICKE as Capt Pat Grant / ROBERT WAGNER as Phil Carrington / DAVID McCALLUM as Flt Lt Simon Carter / BERNARD HEPTON as Kommandant / CHRISTOPHER NEAME as Lt Dick Player / RICHARD HEFFER as Capt Tim Downing / ANTHONY VALENTINE as Maj Horst Mohn