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The Execution 

After the plan to blow up the railway is foiled, Rene is captured by General von Klinkerhoffen and faces execution by firing squad.


David Croft


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Sam Kelly ... Captain Hans Geering
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Richard Gibson ... Herr Otto Flick
Kim Hartman ... Private Helga Geerhart
Nicholas Frankau ... Flying Officer Carstairs
John D. Collins ... Flying Officer Fairfax
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Roger Leclerc
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... General Erich von Klinkerhoffen
Francesca Gonshaw ... Maria Recamier
Guy Siner ... Lieutenant Hubert Gruber


General Von Klinkenhoff of the German High Command is to arrive in Nouvion by train. Von Strohm and Geering are not keen to see him as he will find out about their incompetence and allow themselves to assist the Reistance in blowing up his train. The General survives and various suspects are arrested but ultimately only Rene is identified as a saboteur and is sentenced to be shot. Various people try to help him escape from prison but in vain. However as Gruber prepares to supervise the execution Von Strohm substitutes harmless wooden bullets for the lethal real ones. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


Rene says that he heard an English proverb about the best laid plans of mice and men. He is thinking of the poem "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough" by the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. See more »


When Rene thinks Maria wants to have sex with him before he is executed and she says, "We have no time for that," with an English accent instead of the French accent the character is supposed to have. See more »


[Fairfax and Carstairs are lying in Madame Fanny's bed]
Flying Officer Fairfax: If the Jerries find us dressed in civvies, it would take a lot of explaining.
Flying Officer Carstairs: If they found us in bed with each other, it would take even more explaining.
Flying Officer Fairfax: Carstairs, are you a grammar-school boy?
Flying Officer Carstairs: [shocked] How do you know?
Flying Officer Fairfax: You're wearing your socks in bed.
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Great humour.
4 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

General Von Klinkerhoffen has arrived, and ordered that Renee be shot at dawn. The Colonel hatches a plan to save the cafe owner from the bullet.

As slick and funny as all the episodes in the early years, it's hard to find any fault at all, it's so absurdly over the top, easy going hinoir, and despite the repetition, it doesn't stop being funny. Even now when I hear the lines 'listen very carefully..' it still makes me chuckle.

Hilary Minster definitely brought something to the role of Von Klinkerhoffen, I can remember as a kid being a little afraid of him, he plays the part with great sincerity.

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Release Date:

5 October 1984 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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1.37 : 1
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