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Digging the Great Escape

Posted by on 28 Nov 2011 in media, news, tv | 1 comment

A brand new series is now showing on Channel 4 [UK]…

A team of experts excavate and examine the famous Great Escape tunnel from World War II.

This fascinating programme, shown on Channel 4 from Monday 28 November 2011 at 9pm, follows a team of engineers, archaeologists and serving RAF officers who have assembled on the site of Stalag Luft III, the supposedly escape-proof World War II Prisoner of War camp.

Take a look at clips from Digging the Great Escape

The series will also be available to view again on Channel 4’s online service, 4OD

The classic Steve McQueen movie immortalised three tunnels at Stalag Luft III PoW camp, now astonished archaeologists have discovered a fourth called George

Posted by on 20 Nov 2011 in media, news, press, tv | 0 comments

It has lain hidden for nearly 70 years and looks, to the untrained eye, like a building site. But this insignificant tunnel opening in the soft sand of western Poland represents one of the greatest examples of British wartime heroism. And the sensational story became the Hollywood classic, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen. (more…)

See more of David Jason’s Greatest Escapes

Posted by on 10 Nov 2011 in media, news, tv | 0 comments

See more of David Jason’s Greatest Escapes

Following the success of the ITV documentary, David Jason’s Greatest Escapes, originally shown in August 2011, a new, extended version will be shown to mark Armistice Day 2011 and Remembrance Sunday 2011. Featuring the last of the 39ers, Alfie Fripp it is being shown twice: Friday 11 November 2011 at 9pm on ITV 3 and again on Sunday 13 November at 5.25pm… set your record buttons now! (more…)

Digging the Great Escape [Channel 4, UK]

Posted by on 10 Nov 2011 in media, news, tv | 0 comments

This fascinating programme will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK on Monday 28 November 2011 at 9pm.

It follows a team of engineers, archaeologists and serving RAF officers who have assembled on the site of Stalag Luft III, the supposedly escape-proof World War II Prisoner of War camp.

They have an extraordinarily ambitious plan: to excavate for the first time the remains of ‘Harry’, the tunnel from which 76 allied airmen escaped on the night of 24 March 1944. (more…)

War hero who inspired The Great Escape dies in car crash

Posted by on 4 Nov 2011 in media, news, press | 1 comment

From The Mail Online

A war hero who helped prisoners flee a prisoner of war camp that inspired the legendary film ‘The Great Escape’ has been killed in a car crash, it has emerged today.

Tragic Reginald Cleaver, 89, who survived two years in the notorious Stalag Luft III POW camp in Poland, died when his grey Honda Civic smashed into a tree in Coventry last Friday. (more…)

The Great Escape: The Reckoning [Channel 4, UK]

Posted by on 2 Nov 2011 in media, news, tv | 0 comments

A new documentary on Channel 4 in the UK looks at the story of the real great escape

The Great Escape is one of the most celebrated stories of World War II, and the subject of an iconic film.

Of the 76 Allied airmen who famously escaped in March 1944 from POW camp Stalag Luft III, deep in Nazi Germany, all but three were recaptured. Fifty of them were then shot dead by the Gestapo, in a flagrant breach of the Geneva Convention. (more…)

RAF Officers make Great Escape

Posted by on 24 Oct 2011 in media, news | 0 comments

For many it’s a cult Christmas movie, starring Steve McQueen, but for six lucky RAF Officers, Hollywood became a stark reality as they travelled to the former ‘Great Escape’ Camp, Stalag Luft III in Zagan, Poland, to re-enact activities which were carried out by Prisoners of War in their attempts to escape from the Camp during WWII. (more…)

David Jason’s Greatest Escapes

Posted by on 29 Aug 2011 in media, tv | 0 comments

First shown on ITV 1 on 28 August 2011, this was a unique one-off documentary in which Sir David Jason took a trip back in time to relive some of the amazing true stories that inspired the famous film The Great Escape and the TV series, Colditz. (more…)

Alfie Fripp returns to Stalag Luft III [Video]

Posted by on 1 May 2009 in media, news, tv | 2 comments

Alfie Fripp and other Stalag Luft III survivors feature in a Newsnight package on BBC 2 in the UK in 2009.

Emotional return to ‘Great Escape’ site

Posted by on 25 Mar 2009 in media, news, press | 2 comments

From the Bournemouth Echo

WARTIME MEMORIES: Alfie Fripp, 94, at the inner perimeter fence of Stalag Luft III

Alfie Fripp, 94, at the inner perimeter fence of Stalag Luft III

AN RAF veteran from Dorset has made an emotional return to a German Second World War prison camp to honour a comrade who was gunned down by the Gestapo after taking part in what became known as the Great Escape.

Former navigator Alfie Fripp, 94, of Southbourne, was one of six ex-prisoners to take part in a memorial event to mark the anniversary of the escape from Stalag Luft III.

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