Island at War

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Overview

Spanning over six and a half hours, this U.K. television movie chronicles the harrowing experiences of the citizens of the Channel Islands during World War II. Produced for Masterpiece Theatre, Island at War is a fictionalized account of the five years spent under Nazi rule by the British inhabitants of St. Gregory island, a stand-in for the real islands that were subjected to the occupation. Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and Peter Lydon, the film stars James Wilby and Clare ...
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Overview

Spanning over six and a half hours, this U.K. television movie chronicles the harrowing experiences of the citizens of the Channel Islands during World War II. Produced for Masterpiece Theatre, Island at War is a fictionalized account of the five years spent under Nazi rule by the British inhabitants of St. Gregory island, a stand-in for the real islands that were subjected to the occupation. Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and Peter Lydon, the film stars James Wilby and Clare Holman.
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Special Features

Historical background; Cast reflections; Behind-the-scenes photos; Cast filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

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Based on the German invasion and occupation of the England’s Channel Islands during the second World War, the BBC production Island at War depicts life in Guernsey, one of the two larger islands, during this remarkable moment in history. Telecast Stateside on the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre, Island at War features James Wilby (Gosford Park) as James Dorr, deputy governor of the fictitious island of St. Gregory. Realizing occupation is inevitable, Dorr and his wife, Felicity (Clare Holman), help many islanders flee while the rest eventually come under the rule of a hostile Nazi regime. Philip Glenister (Calendar Girls) portrays the occupation commander, Baron von Rheingarten -- a suave, meticulous man prepared to use extreme methods against any sign of resistance. Also of note on this three-disc set is a featurette on the history of the Channel Islands invasion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • UPC: 054961752492
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,560

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Wilby
Clare Holman
Philip Glenister
Saskia Reeves
Technical Credits
Peter Lydon Director
Thaddeus O'Sullivan Director
Stephan Mallatratt Screenwriter
John Rushton Producer
Sita Williams Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Volume One
1. Fishing Troops [6:40]
2. Pulling Out [9:02]
3. Your Island [8:20]
4. The Children [9:19]
5. Looting [12:37]
6. The Germans [17:18]
1. Funeral [11:07]
2. Beautiful Island [6:37]
3. Spies [6:01]
4. To Eat! To Sell! [10:53]
5. At Odds [18:30]
6. Escape [10:28]
Side #2 -- Volume Two
1. Search Party [8:15]
2. The Other Side [14:20]
3. Selling Potatoes [8:58]
4. Fraternizing [8:04]
5. Making a Profit [7:54]
6. Grandma Talks [16:04]
1. You're a Spy [8:39]
2. French Women [8:08]
3. Mom Taken [10:19]
4. His Story [17:35]
5. The Party [5:48]
6. A Late Visitor [17:28]
Side #3 -- Volume Three
1. Persistent [14:14]
2. The Protest [8:44]
3. Pig Scheme [9:37]
4. Worried [7:43]
5. The Jews [8:45]
6. Secret Is Safe [18:39]
1. Just Singing [11:51]
2. Hiding Place [10:02]
3. Information [12:17]
4. Plan Goes Wrong [8:35]
5. It's Too Late! [9:16]
6. The Truth [16:31]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Volume One
   Episode Selection
      Episode One
      Episode Two
   Scene Index
      Episode One
      Episode Two
   Special Features
      Historical Background
      Cast Reflections
         James Wilby
         Clare Holman
         Owen Teale
         Julia Ford
         Saskia Reeves
         Joanne Froggatt
         Samantha Robinson
         Louisa Clein
      Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         James Wilby
         Clare Holman
         Philip Glenister
         Owen Teale
         Julia Ford
         Saskia Reeves
         Joanne Froggatt
         Conor Mullen
         Sean Gallagher
         Laurence Fox
Side #2 -- Volume Two
   Episode Selection
      Episode Three
      Episode Four
   Scene Index
      Episode Three
      Episode Four
Side #3 -- Volume Three
   Episode Selection
      Episode Five
      Episode Six
   Scene Index
      Episode Five
      Episode Six
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful, but no real ending

    I came across this program on PBS and ordered the DVD after the second episode. This is a six-part mini-series that doesn't have a real conclusion. What was supposed to be the first of 2 or three series has turned out to be the only one. But it's still worth it because if you love WWII-themed movies you'll like this one. The sets and production values are top-notch and the there's a terrific "love"-triangle between the German Kommandant and an upper-class Island couple whose stately home has been requisitioned after the wife bates the Kommandant. 4 stars because there's too much good stuff left to the imagination. Please do a second series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting program about an unknown event

    I watched this show when it was on PBS this year. It is an interesting story of how people survive in less than ideal circumstances when their independence and freedom are no longer present. The population of the Island were bold in their actions, but the video also portrays their sacrifices and their ability to still work for the best in their situations.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    My 17 year old daughter and I came upon this and were immediatel

    My 17 year old daughter and I came upon this and were immediately absorbed. We were so surprised when it abruptly stopped and we were left hanging. I searched in vain for more episodes or a second season but found none. We were very impressed by the quality of the writing, the complexity of the characters, the credibility of the story lines, the quality of the actors, and the quality of the production. Rarely have I felt so immersed in a series. Please do another season!!! I'd purchase it in a heartbeat!
    A while ago I read a book on this same topic called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and enjoyed it very much, but I enjoyed this far more.

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