History Series / Colditz

7th May '18 3:42:23 PM moloch
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Was recently repeated on the UK TV channel "Yesterday" to coincide with its finally having "escaped" onto DVD.

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Was recently repeated on the UK TV channel "Yesterday" to coincide with its finally having "escaped" onto DVD.
DVD. The same production team and many of the same cast members went on to make ''Series/SecretArmy''.
9th Dec '17 6:20:25 AM moloch
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* BotheringByTheBook: Preston occasionally claims things under the Geneva Convention [[BlatantLies that aren't actually there]] on the gamble that, since the Reich isn't even a signatory, and the Kommandant only follows it out of principle, nobody will actually attempt to verify it. On one occasion the Kommandant actually knows this, but chooses to play along.
9th Dec '17 6:15:19 AM moloch
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: More like Cowardly Bureaucrat; an American [[AssInAmbassador consul]] refuses to give Player so much as the time of day when he seeks sanctuary, as "[[TeamSwitzerland the American government can't be seen to take sides]]".

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: More like Cowardly Bureaucrat; an American [[AssInAmbassador consul]] refuses to give Player so much as the time of day when he seeks sanctuary, as "[[TeamSwitzerland the American government can't be seen to take sides]]".sides]]". He won't even give him a handful of marks so he can try escaping by train.
28th Nov '17 5:40:00 PM nombretomado
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* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar:
** The Brits refer occasionally to the King's Regulations' stipulations on being taken captive.
** The Kommandant follows the Geneva Convention [[OfficerAndAGentleman as a matter of honour]], since the Third Reich didn't officially sign it, and this is a frequent point of friction with Party officials and the SS.
15th Oct '17 7:20:49 AM moloch
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* NaziNobleman: Played with. Player has a friend who's an Austrian aristocrat, and he hates the Nazis... but he still thinks the best chance for their defeat is for Britain to surrender, thinking that once the war ends, without a war to fight the German people would reject Nazism. Thus he's cooperating with German intelligence, and tries to recruit Player as a mole.

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* NaziNobleman: Played with. Player has a friend who's an Austrian aristocrat, and he hates the Nazis... but he still thinks the best chance for their defeat is for Britain to surrender, surrender (it's still 1940, which means this isn't ''quite'' as unthinkable as it sounds), thinking that once the war ends, without a war to fight the German people would reject Nazism. Thus he's cooperating with German intelligence, and tries to recruit Player as a mole.
3rd Sep '17 5:17:50 PM moloch
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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Wing Commander Marsh tries to get himself invalided home by pretending to be insane, despite being warned about how authentic a performance he'll have to pull off for it to work. Several other inmates start to worry that he's going insane for real, but it's left ambiguous. Once Marsh has been sent home, Preston receives a telegram from the man's wife that reveals he's been taken to a British mental institution, and he forbids anyone from attempting to use the same method again.]]

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[[spoiler:Wing Commander Marsh tries to get himself invalided home by pretending to be insane, despite being warned about how authentic a performance he'll have to pull off for it to work. Several other inmates start to worry that he's going insane for real, but it's left ambiguous. Once Marsh has been sent home, Preston receives a telegram from the man's wife that reveals he's been taken to a British mental institution, and he forbids anyone from attempting to use the same method again.]]]]
** This is a big part of [[spoiler: Tony Shaw's]] mindset. [[spoiler: He thinks he's incapable of contributing anything original in academia. In the war he became a hero purely by virtue of accidentally staying alive long enough - he only does solo reconnaissance missions because he doesn't think he can be trusted in a group effort. And in his DayInTheLimelight episode, he admits he just doesn't know how to live for himself anymore, so if the other prisoners want a larger-than-life hero, that's what he'll give them, and he comes up with the glider scheme. He never "breaks character" again before the end of the series]].
3rd Sep '17 2:45:31 PM moloch
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: All the onscreen characters are fictional, including the camp commandant and chief of security, but many share similarities with real-life counterparts. Some are [[CompositeCharacter composites of real [=POWs=]]]. The plots and character drama are likewise invented, [[GreatEscape except for the escape attempts, which are all based on real attempts.]] To preserve the drama, the results of escape attempts are occasionally changed too - a real-life successful method was no guarantee of success in the series.
3rd Sep '17 2:30:27 PM moloch
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* EnemyMine: "Very Important Person" features quite a bit of this, heavily laden with CouldSayItBut - the Kommandant (a ReasonableAuthorityFigure) wants to prevent unnecessary bloodshed and finds the use of the Prominente prisoners as hostages unpalatable. Therefore, he implicitly asks Preston and Dodd to help him avoid either a) the SS taking direct control over the camp, with a bad outcome for everyone, both prisoner and Wehrmacht, involved, or b) some sort of prisoner uprising, which may end up leading to Option A anyway. But he can't be seen to explicitly ask this, even though the prisoners in effect hold the balance of power now, with the Allies so near.
3rd Sep '17 2:06:34 PM moloch
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** A German friend of Player's sees this stereotype developing in Britain, and despairs about it -- but he goes on to say that he thinks the best way to defeat Nazism is for Britain to surrender, bringing the war to a close and removing the Party's wartime support.



** A German friend of Player's sees this stereotype developing in Britain, and despairs about it -- but he goes on to say that he thinks the best way to defeat Nazism is for Britain to surrender, bringing the war to a close and removing the Party's wartime support.
3rd Sep '17 1:31:50 PM moloch
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* ChromosomeCasting: Naturally, everyone in the prison is male. Women feature in occasional episodes outside the prison, but only Simon's wife Cathy ever appears in more than one episode - and she appears only in two.
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