He is anxious to fly for the Luftwaffe, despite the deep concern of his father and mother. Although, truth be told, for the wrong reasons. Captain George Brent joins the school and eventually loses very heavily. However, Shaw appears far more interested in pursuing his pre-war role as a professor of literature, quickly rejuvenating the British officer's education classes - much to the joy of the pacificist-leaning librarian. A calculating and rather robotic individual most of the time, he takes his job of preventing escapes seriously and is sometimes ill at ease with the Kommandant's lax attitude. Meanwhile, the Kommandant is advised that he will have a new second-in-command, Major Horst Mohn, who arrives amidst the prisoners' jubilation over the success of their two colleagues. While occasionally he comes up with a brilliant scheme, most of his captures are due to thoroughness.
His cloth unfortunately often conflicts with his duty to the war effort, and so Colonel Preston generally keeps him out of any escape plans. Page, it turns out, is a highly trained agent who can kill and maim without hesitation and has been on many dangerous missions that have desensitised him to normal human feelings. The perpetrator is caught: a Polish officer whose family was threatened with torture by the Gestapo. Much of the angst of the series centres on the Kommandant's worry that he will not return home. Colonel Preston immediately forbids any further escape attempts along the same lines. But in private, it is revealed, they are just as bad as each other: sly, sneaky and cruel. He does not take well to being a prisoner, and often clashes with the Kommandant.
He is frustrated by the lack of medicines, and views the German village doctor as a quack. Colditz's title card Created by Starring Country of origin United Kingdom No. Quite the opposite from his Band of Brothers character. Meanwhile, the pastor of Colditz town makes a request to the Kommandant for the prisoners' choir to sing at the town church during the Bishop of Leipzig's visit. The Kommandant reluctantly complies, and Colonel Preston takes command of the camp.
As the rest of the French contingent resign themselves to their fate, Vaillant takes this unique opportunity to concoct an escape with the help of a sympathetic and beautiful young German girl, whom he seduces. Meanwhile, the pastor of Colditz town makes a request to the Kommandant for the prisoners' choir to sing at the town church during the Bishop of Leipzig's visit. The episode opens with a meeting of Player pressing an argument for approval of an escape plan. The third is a Captain. Reluctant to let her new husband leave in the second episode, she is devastated to learn he has been shot down and worries that he has not survived. When he gets Carter court-martialled for failing to salute, the Kommandant has him removed for fear of prisoner reprisals. Technical consultant for the series was , the real British Escape Officer at Colditz.
Col Preston finds out about his wife's death and is awarded the. In contrast to the honourable Kommandant and Ulmann, Mohn is a sinister and villainous character. The Kommandant reads unposted letters of McDonald's indicating McDonald indeed wanted to die in the escape. Carrington appears to be sensible at first, but he is a maverick, which gets him in trouble with the Germans and the British alike. He does this by faking escapes, and hiding the officers concerned in a hole somewhere in the camp, to be used on appels after real escapes. Wills and Jack Rose, the two escapees who were recaptured, are transferred to Colditz, a medieval castle in Saxony which has been refitted as an escape-proof, high security institution to house recitative prisoners who repeatedly attempt to escape. One memorable episode portrays the attempts of a prisoner, Marsh , to get out of Colditz by feigning insanity.
Because of the friction created, the Kommandant becomes determined that Mohn should be removed from Colditz. Despite protest from Mohn, the Kommandant relents to Colonel Preston's request to have the theatre, which was used for an escape the previous year, reopened. He chooses to fly Wellingtons and is shot down. He develops a warm relationship with Carrington over the course of the series. Player with Muir and Grant with Carrington are agreed as the escapees to use separate routes after escaping Colditz; Grant and Carrington via and , Player and Muir via and. He simultaneously burns every bridge by blackmailing both Ulmann and the Kommandant, and the latter relieves him of all duty.
The episode ends on a point of drama with Brent seeming to have bungled his role in assisting the implementation of the escape. When he gets Carter court-martialled for failing to salute, the Kommandant has him removed for fear of prisoner reprisals. Following disrespect from Carter, he acquires a grudge for the young Flight Lieutenant, who cooks up a scheme to get himself court-martialled so that he can escape in transit. He is not upset at the posting and looks forward to fighting for his country. He is mild-mannered and mostly level-headed.
In reality the two real life paratroops arriving with Florimund Duke in August 1944 were Captain Guy Nunn, and Alfred Suarez. Suspecting an informer, Colonel Preston asks the other Senior Officers to interrogate their contingents. He intends to publish it in America, with Gestapo permission. However, Shaw appears far more interested in pursuing his pre-war role as a professor of literature, quickly rejuvenating the British officer's education classes - much to the joy of the pacificist-leaning librarian. The Kommandant, fearing for his life and the lives of the other prisoners, requests that Colonel Preston and Major Carrington do their best to quell the upset this will cause. The librarian is dismayed to find his classes used as mere cover for the escapers' activities - relegated again. The request is refused by the stereotypically romantic and womanising Captain André Vaillant.
Unfortunately for the escape team, and for the dismayed British Padre, the Kommandant decides to close the chapel due to its use in escape attempts. . Starb insists on enforcing the old German military rule that prisoners must salute German officers. Carter then has the task of checking this out with the help of his wife back in London using coded messages in his letters to her. Ferguson detailed his escape in his account of his wartime experiences, Doctor at War, and the episode, Tweedledum, is a fictionalised account of his means of escape retold as tragedy.
He believes there is no such thing as an escape-proof prison, but he plans to make security such that the prisoners will struggle anyway. This Corporal has a brother who is insane, so Ulmann believes he is a better judge, even than the doctors, of Marsh's condition. Involves himself in playing cards with notorious Flt Lt Dick Collins which consequently results in him compromising his position. Meanwhile, the Kommandant gives an open invitation to his officers to bring their wives and families into the safety of the castle as the American tanks approach. Player and Muir receive no further coverage of their effort in this episode. The method of escape is based on that used by , a doctor imprisoned in Colditz, who certified a number of prisoners as insane in , who were then repatriated to Britain.