Secret Army

Season 2 Episode 2

Russian Roulette

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1978 on BBC
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Russian Roulette
While coping with the shocking loss of one of their own, the people of Lifeline need to help some Russian evaders. Brandt gets a strange offer and Kessler puts some pressure on his informants.

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  • The complications of war.

    The episode starts with the characters reacting to the shock the viewers had at the end of the previous episode: the sudden death of a lead character. We see how different people respond in their own way. Natalie gets very emotional, Albert deals with it in a pragmatic way and Monique tries to deny it even happened. This show has always been more than just a war adventure, it's about people in a perilous environment. The clear 'good guys - bad guys' distinction has been blurred often as well. In this episode we are again confronted with Albert's dubious motivation to help British pilots. His ambition to own a successful restaurant seems to cloud his judgement. And what about Max? Can he be trusted?

    Two elements appear to be slightly off the mark. Kessler's garden party for his informants during which he executes three people in full view of his guests, could be seen as over the top, as portraying Kessler as a supervillain. History, however, shows that such things did happen. The portrayal of the two Russians bugged me a bit at the beginning. It felt like I was watching scenes from Ninotchka. When you get to the end of the episode, though, you understand that their fate becomes even more tragic after you've seen them as two happy-go-lucky fellows.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Von Elmendorff: High Command is deeply concerned over the rapid military grip of the SS. And that megalomaniac upstart is rapidly degenerating into a latter-day Caligula.

    • Max: (about Albert) He knows where his bread's buttered. Why not? The war can last a long time.
      Claude: Would that suit you, Max? Or, what's worse, does it make any difference to you?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Domien De Gruyter's performance as a Gestapo officer is one of the few instances that a Flemish actor played a role in the show that was coproduced with the BRT (the Belgian National Televison).

    • For the second episode in a row a guest star appears (Richard Marner) who would later show up in Secret Army's spoof, 'Allo 'Allo.