Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Great Escape: The Justice

In the spring of 1943, a group of Air Force officers began work on an ambitious plan to tunnel their way out of a German POW camp called Stalag Luft Three. A year later the tunnel was ready and seventy-six made their escape. All but three were recaptured, but fifty were then systematically executed on orders from German High Command. This much was made internationally famous by Hollywood in the film The Great Escape, which mixes a meticulous depiction of the tunnelling plan with highly fictionalised American characters on motorbikes.

But there is a stranger part of the story which starts where the film leaves off, and reveals the real history behind the nation-building legend. The British Government vowed to avenge the murders, and within weeks of the war's end, sent RAF investigators into the ruins of Germany, with orders to track down the killers, and bring them to exemplary justice.

Award-winning dramatist Robin Brooks and internationally best-selling novelist Robert Radcliffe tell the extraordinary story of the escape, the murders, and the postwar manhunt in the chaos of divided Germany, through the eyes of one of the senior investigating officers: a straightforward by-the-book detective from Blackpool CID.

Producer/Director ..... Jonquil Panting.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Mon 8 Jan 2018 04:00


Role Contributor
Sqn Ldr McKennaStephen Tompkinson
NixonGunnar Cauthery
SchulmannEwan Bailey
Max WielenNicholas Murchie
Emil SchulzRick Warden
Oberst von LindeinerRobert Blythe
Roger BushellBen Crowe
Paul BrickhillMichael Shelford
Nils FuglesangWill Howard
MarieAmaka Okafor
GluckPaul Stonehouse
Angela SchulzHannah Wood
DirectorJonquil Panting
ProducerJonquil Panting
WriterRobin Brooks
WriterRobert Radcliffe

Drama of the Week Podcast

Drama promotion

Download a new drama from Radio 4 or Radio 3 every week.

Related Links