Hitler's England

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In the documentary HITLER'S ENGLAND, John Nettles (Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of Midsomer Murders) tells the story of the British Channel Islands under German occupation from 1940 to 1945. During the 1980s Nettles played the lead in a long-running TV series called Bergeracset on the island of Jersey, located off the French coast of Normandy. He spent more than a decade in the area and, having studied history before becoming an actor, he amassed a wealth of information about the war years. For this riveting special, he retraces his search for the marks World War II left on the islands and its inhabitants. There was collaboration and resistance, heroism and infamy, repression and violence, denunciation and deportation. But, there was also the everyday life between the conquerors and the conquered. The story that emerges is complex, heart-rending and enthralling. It is the story of ordinary people, many of whom became extraordinary as they lived through the harsh and bitter years of the German Occupation.

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