After Nazi Germany invades the British Channel Islands in the summer of 1940, occupiers and occupied settle into an uneasy coexistence. But when does cooperation become collaboration? What if passion battles against restraint? Alfred Burke and Bernard Horsfall star in a gripping British drama series that explores the stresses and strains, loyalties and loves of civilians and soldiers alike. Seen on Public Television, new to DVD. 13 episodes; approx. 11 hours on 4 DVDs.
Episode 1: By Order of the Fuhrer
Unarmed and demilitarized, the island of Guernsey awaits the inevitable arrival of the German army. Soon, jackbooted soldiers are marching through the streets and the islanders are living under a curfew. When local landowner Peter Porteous decides to "get involved," the deadly seriousness of the occupiers becomes all too apparent.
Episode 2: The Librarian
The Germans encounter another unlikely resister in the form of the local librarian. Major Richter seeks to steer a middle course between his pragmatic police chief, who is more concerned about a developing black market, and the sinister SS officer Hauptmann Reinicke, who is determined to make an example of the librarian.
Episode 3: After the Ball
A dance for soldiers and civilians, organized for propaganda purposes, threatens to turn into a disaster when an 18-year-old girl claims to have been raped by a German soldier. A court martial convened by the Germans promises justice, but the young woman hesitates when she learns the likely punishment for such a crime.
Episode 4: Steel Hand from the Sea
While local physician Philip Martel represents the islanders on the new Controlling Committee, his adult children take more forthright action. His soldier son, Clive, slips back onto the island to bring the fight directly to the Germans, and his feisty and uncompromising daughter, Clare, conducts her own war with the occupiers.
Episode 5: The Laws and Usages of War
Relations between Germans and islanders--and father and son--deteriorate in the aftermath of a British commando raid on Guernsey. Dr. Martel finds himself acting as intermediary after the Germans threaten to execute those who participated in the raid and those helping to hide them.
Episode 6: V for Victory
When "V for Victory" signs start appearing around the island, the Germans determine to crack down hard on this act of civil disobedience. Peter Porteous faces an awful dilemma after suspicion falls on an innocent teenager, who is driven by Oberleutnant Kluge and Hauptmann Reinicke to the most desperate of measures.
Episode 7: The Polish Affaire
Reinicke enlists a Polish prisoner to set an elaborate trap for Sir James Prideaux, a former British intelligence officer with knowledge the Germans would like to acquire. The prisoner has a history of deceiving Sir James, including a prewar affair with his wife. His success this time would put Sir James in the greatest peril of his life.
Episode 8: Officers of the Law
Police chief Kluge tries to clamp down on the island's flourishing black market, but he needs the help of the local police to succeed. As rationing-induced malnutrition and sickness worsen, Dr. Martel encounters a horrible reality: a young patient faces certain death unless he obtains a vital drug that only the black market can provide.
Episode 9: The Jerrybag
Collaboration reaches new levels as a lonely young housecleaner who works for the Germans takes a special interest in one particular soldier. When she becomes pregnant by him, her neighbors convey their views in the clearest of terms while her lover's lack of communication leaves her in the most terrible of limbos.
Episode 10: Treason
Against the backdrop of German reverses in the wider war, a general arrives from occupied France to assess the islands. But could he have a larger agenda? What interest does he have in a local retired British army officer? And why has a Gestapo officer traveled all the way from Berlin in the general's wake?
Episode 11: Pains and Penalties
A man steals fuel from work in order to heat a stove in the derelict cottage where he lives with his sick mother. Such a seemingly minor infringement has tragic consequences for both. And once again, Dr. Martel is saddled with the blame.
Episode 12: The Prussian Officer
When an aristocratic officer tries to humiliate Hauptmann Reinicke by exposing his affair with a French prostitute now living on the island, the SS man plots to get rid of her. After the woman is found stabbed to death, suspicion falls squarely on Reinicke.
Episode 13: Judgement of Solomon
As Dr. Martel prepares to travel to Paris for desperately needed medical supplies, photos of a docked German torpedo boat turn up. With a new by-the-book commander in chief on his way to the islands, Major Richter must pass sentence on three suspected spies, among them the most resistant islander of them all--the doctor's daughter, Clare Martel.
- Historical background on The Channel Islands
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 663 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"...the success of Enemy at the Dooris in deliberately approaching its story-lines..."--Film Intuition
"Enemy at the Door is a memorable series with a thoughtful take on war and human morality that will leave you thinking afterward." --DVD Verdict
"Emotionally rich, draining, yet unforgettable story-lines"--Film Intuition
"Compelling television"--McClatchy-Tribune News Service