The infamous German prisoner of war camp Oflag IVC, better known as Colditz, was supposed to be escape proof and was used by the Germans to imprison renegade British, French, Polish and Dutch prisoners during the Second World War. 'British' in this context includes prisoners from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand,Canada and Africa as all of these countries made up the British Empire.

Based on the memoirs of Colditz Castle escapee Major Pat Reid, who also acted as Technical Adviser to the show, Colditz was a psychologically tense and dramatic series which portrayed the many attempted escapes from the castle, and also examined the relationships between the Germans and their prisoners. The show was ahead of its time in that it did not present the Germans as being simply bad. Rather, the Kommandant of Colditz was sympathetically portrayed as being a gentleman with a lot in common with his opposite number, Lieutenant Colonel Preston, head of the British contingent of POW's. There was no overt jingoism in the story. Instead it attempted to show both the German and allied sides of the story, with special emphasis on the pressures which the German Wermacht were under from the Gestapo, who had ambitions to run Colditz themselves.

The castle itself takes on a claustrophobic character of its own, with its many passageways, tunnels, barred windows and locked doors. Only with the arrival of the second series of Colditz and the advent of the sadistic S.S. Major Mohn was the evil of the Gestapo introduced into the story.

Welcome to the superb series Colditz at TV Rage.

Colditz Theme Music

Episode Info

Final: 2x13 -- Liberation (Apr/01/1974)

Edward HardwickeEdward Hardwicke
As Captain Pat Grant
Edward HardwickeEdward Hardwicke
As Captain Pat Grant
Hans MeyerHans Meyer
As Hauptmann Franz Ulman
Hans MeyerHans Meyer
As Hauptmann Franz Ulman
Jack HedleyJack Hedley
As Lieutenant Colonel John Preston
Jack HedleyJack Hedley
As Lieutenant Colonel John Preston
Bernard HeptonBernard Hepton
As The Kommandant
Christopher NeameChristopher Neame
As Lieutenant Richard Player
Christopher NeameChristopher Neame
As Lieutenant Richard Player
Anthony ValentineAnthony Valentine
As Major Horst Mohn


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2x9: Senior American Officer recap: Three very senior American officers are captured and brought to Colditz. All have been working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and one of them is Major Carrington who had earlier made a successful escape from Colditz... read more.

recap: Three British Commandos have been captured by the Gestapo, and brought secretly to the gaol in Colditz town, which comes under the jurisdiction of Colditz Castle... read more.

2x2: Ghosts recap: It is the middle of winter in Colditz and the men have been regaling one another with ghost stories. One in particular, about a priest's hole, captures the imagination of Simon Carter, the new Escape Officer, and he gets the idea of hiding 'ghosts' in hiding places around the Castle. These ghosts would be men who would vanish from Colditz for periods of weeks, worrying the Germans who would think that they had escaped. The real escapes would take place weeks later, after the hue and cry had died down, thus giving the men valuable time in which to really escape from Colditz... read more.

2x1: Arrival of a Hero recap: It is three weeks after the escape. Dick Player is brought back to Colditz. Muir is in hospital after being shot trying to escape. Ulman questions Player regarding the methods used in their escape from Colditz... read more.

recap: AUGUST, 1941... read more.
Recurring Guests

Lawrence Davidson as Captain Coty (8 eps)
Geoffrey Palmer as Camp Doctor (5 eps)
Dan O'Herlihy as Lieutenant Colonel Max Dodd (5 eps)
Desmond Jones as German Lieutenant (5 eps)
Jeremy Higgins as Lieutenant Vaugrard (5 eps)
Donald MacDonald (2) as Padre (4 eps)
Anthony Jacobs as General Rawicz (4 eps)
Donald Tandy as French Officer (4 eps)
Ronald Musgrove as German Guard (4 eps)
Jim Norton (2) as Captain James Porteous (4 eps)

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Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama, Military/War
Status: Canceled/Ended
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Premiere: October 19, 1972
Ended: April 01, 1974
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