Escape From Colditz
Channel 4 ... Monday 13th August 2012 ... 9.00-10.35pm
Not to be confused with any other programmes of a similar name - this is a brand new documentary charting the incredible attempt to construct a glider and fly out of Colditz Castle ... The glider-project was superbly portrayed on screen by Jeremy Kemp - his character: ace-pilot Sq. Ldr. Tony Shaw becomes fanatically obsessed with the design and construction of the glider in the BBC TV series Colditz. Looking forward to this new documentary.
Colditz Castle, one of the most notorious prisoner of war camps in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the most audacious escape plan in history. In a secret workshop in an attic in the castle they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards.
They were going to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put their plan into action, so no one knows if it would have worked. Now the Brits are back in Colditz to finish the job. Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt leads a crack team of aeronautics engineers and carpenters to rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials ...
to find out if they could, just possibly, have done it ...