Private Schulz

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Private Schulz
Genre Comedy Drama
Written by Jack Pulman
Starring

Michael Elphick

Ian Richardson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 1
Production
Producer(s) Philip Hinchcliffe
Production company(s) BBC
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
First shown in 1981

Private Schulz is a BBC television comedy drama serial set mostly in Germany, during and immediately after World War II. It stars Michael Elphick in the title role and Ian Richardson playing various parts. Other notable actors included Tony Caunter, Billie Whitelaw, Billy Murray and Mark Wingett.

Over six one-hour episodes, it tells the story of a German fraudster and petty criminal who is forced against his will to serve in the SS. In a story based on the real, though unrealised, plot by the Germans known as Operation Bernhard, he persuades his superiors to authorize a project to print counterfeit British five pound notes for the purpose of destroying the British economy. However, Schulz is primarily interested in stealing them.

Other elements of the story based on the history of the period include the Venlo incident, when two British intelligence officers were abducted from the (then neutral) Netherlands at the very start of the war, and Salon Kitty. This was a Berlin brothel which was secretly run by the SD, (the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence agency of the SS) for the purpose of spying on its wealthy clients, who were often prominent German government officials or military officers. Additionally, many of the main characters are real people (though occasionally under a different name).

The series also starred Billie Whitelaw as a prostitute working in 'The Salon Kitty', where German officers were secretly recorded by the SS in the prostitutes' bedrooms. Whitelaw's character claimed to have a psychological block that prevented her sleeping with any soldier below the rank of major.

The screenplay was by Jack Pulman. He died in 1979 before any filming had taken place. In 1982, he was posthumously awarded a writers award by The Royal Television Society for his work on Private Schulz.

Other notable names involved in the show include composer Carl Davis and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

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