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 meets restraint? Alfred Burke and Bernard Horsfall star in a gripping British drama series that explores the lives of civilians and soldiers alike. Seen on public television. 13 episodes; approx. 11 hours on 4 DVDs.
Episode 1: Call of the Dead
A new commander in chief is appointed to the Channel Islands, and trouble begins when Dr. Martel's daughter, Clare, is arrested for trespassing in a prohibited zone. However, that's the least of Clare's problems.
Episode 2: Reception for the General
To Richter's dismay, the new commander in chief insists on being received socially by the leading families of the island. Richter turns to a conflicted Olive Martel for help. Meanwhile, the activities of Captain Foster-Smythe threaten disaster for all.
Episode 3: Angels That Soar Above
Dr. Martel returns to the island after six months in a French prison. Richter hopes the doctor can ease relations between the soldiers and the islanders, but Martel has relations of a different sort to worry about.
Episode 4: No Quarter Given
German efforts to confiscate all privately owned radio sets raise tensions on the island. Foster-Smythe is determined to resist, declaring that any cooperation with the Germans amounts to collaboration. Soon, he has even more reason to resent the invaders.
Episode 5: Committee Man
The German authorities and the islanders' representatives have a problem--one that only Dr. Martel can solve, but he refuses to cooperate. However, an act of sabotage provides both sides with a way to get Martel to play along.
Episode 6: Post Mortem
Local landowner Peter Porteous returns to Guernsey after serving a prison term in France. In his eagerness to settle an old score, he again puts himself in the hands of the Germans, placing Dr. Martel in a moral dilemma.
Episode 7: The Raid
A small team of British commandos launches a raid on a nearby island. Once ashore, they learn that their operation has coincided with the arrival of a high-ranking delegation of German officers--and an opportunity to impact the outcome of the war.
Episode 8: Jealousy
After a townsperson's petty act, the Germans grow suspicious of the owners of a local tearoom and a young German soldier who frequents it. Coming after a deportation decree for all non-island-born residents, the action has consequences far beyond what was intended.
Episode 9: War Game
A chess tournament seems like a good way to restore some normalcy. However, once the occupiers decide to participate, the tournament becomes a matter of national pride. SS man Reinicke is prepared to go to any lengths to make sure Germany wins.
Episode 10: The Right Blood
The arrival of a senior SS officer on the island causes the opportunistic Reinicke to speculate about the reasons for his visit. But the officer's mission is of a personal nature, prompting Richter to come to the defense of an islander's rights.
Episode 11: From a View to a Death
A Russian prisoner of war attacks a camp guard and flees into the countryside. The escape affects all who come into contact with the man, and prompts a race between Reinicke and Richter's police chief to find him.
Episode 12: The Education of Nils Borg
A Swedish journalist arrives to report on the "model occupation" of the Channel Islands--and what the rest of Europe can expect under Nazi rule. The Germans strive to convey just the right image, but the islanders have a different picture to paint.
Episode 13: Escape
Peter Porteous decides he must return to England to aid the war effort. Meanwhile, a series of thefts at a nearby farm leads to a confrontation between the farmer and a German intruder. Porteous devises a way to help both himself and the accused farmer.
- Historical Background on the Channel Islands
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 660 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"Compelling television"--McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"...the success of Enemy at the Door is 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