Colditz (2005 TV series)
|Directed by||Stuart Orme|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Production company(s)||Granada Television|
|Original network||ITV (United Kingdom)|
|First shown in||27 March 2005 (episode 1)|
Colditz is a two-part 2005 television drama miniseries, based on the book Colditz: The Definitive History by Henry Chancellor, and the Channel 4 television series Escape from Colditz. It is not claimed to be historically accurate. It features an ensemble cast headlined by Damian Lewis and Sophia Myles and was directed by Stuart Orme. The screenplay was written by Peter Morgan and Richard Cottan.
The series tells several stories of various, mostly British, prisoners of war in the Second World War and their attempts to escape Colditz. The first episode features a fictionalised account of an actual event when three inmates Dick Lorraine, John 'Bosun' Crisp, and the 'Medium Sized Man', Flt Lt Dominic Bruce OBE MC AFM KSG MA RAF attempted to escape using the castle sewers. In reality the escape team were discovered when they attempted to exit a manhole. The Germans threatened to throw grenades down into the sewer chamber and, as the escapees could not reverse back up the sewer pipe, they were forced to surrender. They were immediately put in front of a firing squad, but unlike the fictional TV account, the guards did not fire. Just before the order was to be given, Bruce lost his temper and approached the officer in charge, Eggers, saying "you can shoot us, but after the war we'll hang you". Eggers stood the squad down. An account of this escape can be found in Reel Five of the oral history version given by Flt. Lt. Bruce to be found in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive.
- Damian Lewis – Cpl. / Lt. Nicholas McGrade
- Tom Hardy – 2nd Lt. Jack Rose
- Sophia Myles – Lizzie Carter
- Laurence Fox – Capt. Tom Willis
- James Fox – Lt. Colonel Jimmy Fordham
- Timothy West – Bunny Warren
- Jason Priestley – Flying Officer Rhett Barker
- Guy Henry – Capt. Edward Sawyer
- Robert Whitelock – Flt. Lt. Venning
- Charles Kay – Colonel Henry Cartwright, Military Attaché in Switzerland
- Juliet Howland – Mary
- Scott Handy – Mullan
- Alex Avery – Collins
- Eve Myles – Jill
- Robert Cambrinus – Tony de Jongh
- Charles Edwards – Ellways (MI9 Officer)
- "Damian's marriage escape". Manchester Evening News. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Colditz drama planned for ITV". BBC News. 31 March 2003. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Bruce, Dominic (Oral history)".
- amazon.com listing for Colditz on DVD
- amazon.com listing for Colditz on Blu-ray
- amazon.co.uk listing for Colditz on DVD
- "Colditz". 27 March 2005 – via IMDb.