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Christabel 

An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hurley ...  Christabel Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Stephen Dillane ...  Peter Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ...  Adam Von Trott Zu Solz 3 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Mr. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Bell ...  Mrs. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Suzan Crowley ...  Lexi 2 episodes, 1988
Renny Lister Renny Lister ...  Aunt Ulla 2 episodes, 1988
Jim Carter ...  Bausch 2 episodes, 1988
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ...  Frau Muckle 2 episodes, 1988
John Boswall ...  Alois 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Preston Sam Preston ...  Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Ryan Le Neveu Ryan Le Neveu ...  John Bielenberg 2 episodes, 1988
Toby Lawson Toby Lawson ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Alastair Haley Alastair Haley ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Andrey Justice Andrey Justice ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
James Exell James Exell ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Kreuze 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Kelly ...  Karl Langbehn 2 episodes, 1988
John Burgess John Burgess ...  Neisse 2 episodes, 1988
Nicola Wright ...  Clarita 2 episodes, 1988
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An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel takes her two young sons to a village in the mountains. Then she learns that her husband and some of his friends have been arrested for plotting to assassinate Hitler. She travels to the prison where he is held, wondering if telling the commandant that she knows Winston Churchill will help her husband or seal his fate. This is said to be based on a true story. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Biography | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1988 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Astonishing..
26 January 2012 | by stevenduhigSee all my reviews

This is a 1988 BBC TV Movie, and a rendition of 1930's Germany, the like of which I have never seen before.

Although brilliantly written by Dennis Potter our own late mother, (although not involved in The German resistance or with the Holocaust), could have written this and better based on her own incredible day to day wartime experiences.

The setting is simply outstanding. The attention to detail such as the trains, trams and even household items such as the coffee grinder are amazing.

There are several actual very similar parallels with events experienced by Mum, and even some identical dialogue in this movie.

Given our family connection to this era, I found myself spellbound and deeply moved by it tonight.

Never thought I could ever equate my Mum with Liz Hurley though LOL!


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