Colditz: Who's Who
Colditz was the sort of place no one ever entered voluntarily, whether you were a prisoner or a guard. But, once there, its inhabitants helped to write one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of World War Two. So, who were the men thrown together by fate in the television series inspired by the conflict's most infamous prison camp?
Flight Lt Simon Carter (David McCallum)Tough and determined, Carter embodies the true spirit of the Colditz internee. An experienced bomber pilot who is also capable of seeing the bigger picture, Carter is a keen absconder who later takes on the difficult role of Escape Officer. Golden-haired David McCallum was at the peak of his popularity in the UK when he starred in Colditz. Famed for his role as Ilya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., McCallum had also appeared in the legendary POW movie, The Great Escape. He went on to star in another 1970s TV favourite, The Invisible Man.
Kommandant (Bernard Hepton)Every inch the correct Wehrmacht officer, the Kommandant (we never learn his full name) is an honourable man who is privately aghast at the excesses of the Nazi regime. He fights hard to keep Colditz under regular army control when the SS threaten to take the castle over. Bernard Hepton needs little introduction for Yesterday viewers. A reliable turn in scores of 1970s television dramas, from The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Thomas Cranmer) to I, Claudius (Pallas), Hepton enthralled the nation as the stoical Albert Foiret in Secret Army.
(Picture: Hepton in Secret Army)