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Colditz: Ace in the Hole

Squadron Leader Shaw is a war hero, and when he is captured and brought to Colditz he becomes the most highly decorated man in the Castle.

However, despite Simon's urgings he does not seem to be interested in any form of escape, preferring instead to lead a solitary life reading and teaching English literature with the Camp's other schoolmaster, Captain James Porteous.

However, given time to reflect, Shaw comes to know himself and to realise that he revels in his hero status and craves the admiration of his fellow man. He eventually proposes the most original and audacious plan of escape ever put forward by any prisoner.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x6
Airdate: Monday February 11th, 1974

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Guest Stars
David AllisterDavid Allister
As Captain George Holland
Desmond JonesDesmond Jones
As German Lieutenant
Jim NortonJim Norton
As Captain James Porteous
Philip MarchantPhilip Marchant
As Harry
Jeremy KempJeremy Kemp
As Squadron Leader Shaw
Episode Quotes
Mohn: (dryly) Why not just build a pedestal in the middle of the courtyard and ask Mr. Shaw if he would be good enough to climb onto it!

Shaw: Bronte - Emily Bronte. She was a novelist and in my opinion an excellent one.
Mohn: A woman?
Shaw: Some of our finest writers have been women. Does that surprise you?
Mohn: Why should it? They have little else to do.

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