Season 1 Episode 8

The Traitor

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Dec 07, 1972 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Traitor

German guards are foiling too many escape attempts which leads Colonel Preston to believe that there is an informer working within the imprisoned population, so an inquiry is started to identify the suspect, but this sets off a chain of events which reveal the darker side of life in Colditz.


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Christopher Neame

Christopher Neame

Lt. Dick Player

David McCallum

David McCallum

Flt. Lt. Simon Carter

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Lt. Phil Carrington

Jack Hedley

Jack Hedley

Lt. Colonel John Preston

Hans Meyer

Hans Meyer

Hauptmann Ulmann

Bernard Hepton

Bernard Hepton

The Kommandant

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Patrick Troughton, most famous for being the second actor to portray The Doctor in the BBC sci fi series Doctor Who, once again plays a character whose real name is never given. He's always referred to as 'Padre', even in the end credits.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • General Rawicz: My country has been overrun, violated. There is hatred and fierce determination in the heart of every Pole that knows neither caution nor fear, only the desire to revenge. A Polish traitor is not possible.

  • NOTES (1)

    • CAST
      Padre – Patrick Troughton

      Flight Lieutenant Phil Carrington – Robert Wagner
      Flight Lieutenant Simon Carter – David McCallum
      Captain Pat Grant – Edward Hardwicke
      Lieutenant Colonel Preston – Jack Hedley
      Captain George Brent – Paul Chapman
      Captain Tim Downing – Richard Heffer
      Pilot Officer Muir – Peter Henry-Jones
      Kommandant – Bernard Hepton
      Hautmann Ulmann – Hans Meyer
      General Rawicz – Anthony Jacobs
      Soltzkayk – Vernon Morris
      Interpreter – Robert Oleksowicz
      Defence Coulsel – Jan Konrad
      Prosecutor – Milos Kirek
      Senior French Officer – Donald Tandy
      Senior Dutch Officer – Michael Harding
      Poles – Richard Eden, Thomas Karol & Alekei Jawdokimov

      Series Devised by Brian Degas and Gerald Glaister
      Based on "Colditz" by P.R.Reid and Ivan Foxwell's film "The Colditz Story".
      Studio Lighting – John Green
      Studio Sound – John Delany
      Film Cameraman – Fred Hamilton
      Film Recordist – Mike Savage
      Film Editor – Dan Rae
      Music – Robert Farnon
      Makeup – Judy Clay
      Costume – Reg Samuel
      Script Editor – Brian Degas
      Technical Adviser – Major Pat Reid MBE, MC
      Series Titles – Alan Jeapes
      Designers – Dacre Punt and Peter Seddon
      Assistant To Producer – Ruth Caleb
      Producer – Gerald Glaister
      Director – Viktors Ritelis