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What do you think of these two DVDs? Is Secret Army as gripping now as it was to viewers in the 1970s? Is S.W.A.T light-hearted fun or a trivial waste of time?
Secret Army is, without a doubt, the greatest 'popular' drama series the BBC ever produced. Having just finished watching the DVD box set of the second series, I feel an emotional wreck - it's gripping, disturbing and heart-pounding stuff. Characters you come to know and love get bumped off left, right and centre, and the central message - the bravery and resiliance of the 'secret army' of the evasion lines - is clearly highlighted. Don't let the inevitable comparisons to Allo Allo put you off - this is unmissable stuff.
Scorby Dunbar, London
I was lucky enough to see this series while living in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1979. It was utterly fantastic and among my many regrets at having to return to the States was no longer being able to watch the series. It was simply amazing. And I never understood why it didn't play in the States. I'm delighted to find it is out on DVD! And because Secret Army was so beautifully done (everything about it was perfect), I never understood the "humor" of 'Allo 'Allo -- nor why that show was picked up by US Public Broadcasting, and Secret Army wasn't.
Carol Himmelman-Christopher, Minneapolis, USA
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