1 9 8 2 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes
“Overpaid, oversexed and over here” was the familiar description applied to US military personnel stationed in Britain during World War II, and this 13-part drama set out to prove its validity.
It is 1943, and for three-and-a-half long years, the small East Anglian town of Market Wetherby has been doggedly getting on with the war – contending with ration books and shortages, ‘Digging for Victory’ and listening to news of the war on the ‘wireless’.
Into this quiet corner of wartime tranquillity arrive the 525th Bomber Group of the US Eighth Air Group.
Welcoming Flying Fortress bombers and 2,500 American officers and men does not come easily to the inhabitants of this sleepy village. The war-weary British and the brash American GIs sometimes clash, but friendships are also forged as the series explores the human conflicts that arise with the background of wartime.
At the forefront of the action is Helen Dereham (Susannah York), a cool, classical doctor in the small village hospital. Ronald Hines is her husband, an army major who goes away to fight, and American star Michael Shannon features as US Air Force Major Jim Kiley, second-in-command at the US airbase.
The Dereham’s daughter, Patricia (Lise Ann McLaughlin) is also present, having refused to return to her academic studies at Cambridge.
Local resentment to the ‘intruders’ is fuelled by grouchy grocer and ARP warden, Albert Mundy (Ray Smith), but there is more of a welcome at the pub, The Plough, run byJack Blair (Patrick O’Connell) and his two daughters, the flighty Rosie (Lynne Pearson) and the more sensible Violet (Kathryn Pogson).
Chuck Ericson (Joris Stuyck) is the American NCO who saves Violet’s life.
Only one series of We’ll Meet Again was ever made, despite a public protest for more. The show’s modest budget meant only one real B-17 bomber was seen, with the rest of the action involving models or stock footage.
Dr Helen Dereham
Major Ronald Dereham
Major James Kiley
Sgt. Elmer Jones
Sgt. Hymie Stutz
Vi (Violet) Blair
Lise Ann McLaughlin
Colonel Rufus Krasnowici
Capt. Red Berwash
Master Sgt. Mac McGraw
Master Sgt. Chuck Ericson
Sgt. Mario Bottone
Captain Lester Carson