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Enemy at the Door: Series 1
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It takes more courage to stay than to escape
After Nazi Germany invades the British Channel Islands in the summer of 1940, the occupiers and the occupied settle into an uneasy coexistence. But when does cooperation become collaboration for islanders just trying to survive? How tolerant can the German commandant be before falling under the suspicious eye of Berlin?
This gripping British drama series tells of the stresses and strains, loyalties and loves of civilians and soldiers alike, in a world where shades of gray blur the hard line between black and white. Passion battles against restraint. Pragmatism struggles with principle. And internal conflicts rage as fiercely as those on the battlefield. Ultimately, both sides find they are compromised as much by the actions of their compatriots as they are by the enemy that is always at the door.
Alfred Burke (Public Eye) and Bernard Horsfall (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) star, with guest stars including John Nettles (Midsomer Murders) and Anthony Stewart Head (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
DVD SPECIAL FEATURE INCLUDES historical background on the Channel Islands.
Compelling television -- McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Emotionally rich, draining, yet unforgettable story-lines -- Film Intuition
Top Customer Reviews
The first few episodes well establish the main characters, the struggle between the nationalities, as well as the sentiments of the individuals involved. Many island locals have mixed feelings about the need for assisting in any way with the occupation force. Some must walk the fine line between helping the Nazi command and looking out for the needs of the island's inhabitants during the occupation. A young rich local, Peter Porteous (Richard Heffer), leans on the defiant side of the line. Island doctor, Philip Martel (Branard Horsfall), reluctantly takes a role on the local committee to work with the enemy command in hopes it will advance fair treatment for the Guernsey population. His daughter, Clair (Emily Richard) is much less sympathetic and agreeable. Leading the German officers is Maj. Richter (Alfred Burke), who desires compliance but hopes it to be a less than combative existence for both sides. But he must follow orders. The complications of both sides trying to make an unwanted situation work is what makes this series so compelling.
Each episode is like a stand-alone story about living on this occupied island, amidst the fears of war, yet having to learn to live with and under an enemy force.Read more ›
The series deals with the British Channel Islands that were invaded and occupied by the Nazi German army in June, 1940: Germany thought they would be a good jumping-off point for its planned invasion of the British Isles themselves. We now know that invasion was never to come, as, in the Battle of Britain, the Brits managed to inflict substantial enough losses on the vaunted German air force, the Luftwaffe, as to disable it from supporting such an invasion. Still, the Channel Islands, although they then became a forgotten backwater of the war, were occupied for five years, almost until the end of the war, and British and Germans had to manage to live together.
Alfred Burke ("Public Eye") stars as Major Reichter, Commanding officer of the occupying forces; Bernard Horsfell( On Her Majesty's Secret Service); stars as Doctor Philip Martel, who unwillingly finds himself on the committee which must liaise with the Germans.Read more ›
"Enemy at the Door" explores all of that through an interesting handful of characters. This is an ensemble cast, headed by the earnest and responsible medical man, Doctor Philip Martel, his wife and outspoken daughter Clare, his neighbor, the wheel-chair bound Mrs. Porteous and her son Peter, the most inept but well-intentioned spy of World War II. In opposition - sometimes, and sometimes more like an ally - is the head of the civil occupation authority, Major Richter. Major Richter is a decent man, with his own sense of honor but with the responsibility of keeping the island firmly under control, and no hesitation in doing what he sees as his duty. He is assisted in this by the commander of German troops on the island, Major Friedel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We loved watching this series. Acting was good, the plots were interesting, and we are always drawn in by stories about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Value Appreciator
I am watching this right now. Seems like a well done play, characters coming and going as the story needs them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by starlucy
Have watched the first 4 shows of the series, and so far, great. Enjoy that vintage of production, and, having visited Guernsey, have an interest in the subject.Published 11 months ago by Floyd Ostrom
I LOVE THIS MOVIE A LOT. I AM INTO HISTORICAL AND WAR MOVIES VERY MUCH. IT IS VERY INTERESTING.Published 17 months ago by Hogan_62
Outstanding British acting! Great historical drama. Will watch this over many times.Published 17 months ago by joeln