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Colonel Trumper’s Private War

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6 x 30 minute episodes

Colonel Trumper’s Private War (the first British attempt at a sitcom about World War II) first screened on Friday 15 September 1961. The Granada series was short-lived, with only six episodes airing before the show’s demise in October.

British Counter-Intelligence officer Colonel Basil Trumper (Dennis Price) prepared his unit each week at a highly secret spy school, before leading them on an undercover mission in Europe.

The unit were accompanied by Polish professor Pan Malkov (Warren Mitchell), who Trumper’s unit had rescued from behind Jerry lines.

Colonel Basil Trumper
Dennis Price
Professor Pan Malkov
Warren Mitchell
Private Hicks

George Tovey
Lieutenant Hasting
William Gaunt