John Nettles (TV’s Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of “Midsomer Murders”) tells the story of the British Channel Islands under German occupation from 1940 to 1945.
During the 1980s Nettles, having studied history before becoming an actor, played the lead in a long-running TV series set on Jersey. He spent more than a decade on the islands amassing a wealth of information about the war years. We follow him as he retraces his search for the marks the war has left on the islands and on its inhabitants. It’s a tale of extraordinary as well as typic human behaviour against the backdrop of a world war. Even on this tiny group of islands there was collaboration and resistance, heroism and infamy, repression and violence, denunciation and deportation. But there was also the everyday life between the conquerors and the conquered.