Albert Foiret (Bernard
Owner of the Cafe Candide (later
Restaurant Candide). Albert helps Lisa with the running of Lifeline as her
second. The cafe is the centre of operations for the evasion line. He is
married to Andree, an invalid whom he no longer loves. His mistress is
barmaid Monique Duchamps to whom he refuses to fully commit. Albert can be
tough when required to be and has killed several men to ensure the safety of
Bernard is best known for his roles in
I Claudius (Pallas), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Cranmer) and as Esterhase
in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People.
Monique Duchamps (Angela
Monique is the barmaid at the Cafe
Candide. She is also Albert Foiret's mistress. She loathes Albert's wife
Andree and wants him to leave her. Monique is also involved in Lifeline and
takes part in interrogation and guide work as required...
Angela followed Elaine Page as
Grizzabella in Cats and has starred in many West End Musicals.
Natalie Chantrens (Juliet
Natalie is another barmaid at the Cafe Candide. Like
Lisa she acts as a guide for the evasion line. She is close to both Albert and
Juliet also appeared in Blake's 7
(Pella in the episode Power), Dark Towers (Miss Hawk) and Blood Money (Irene Kohl).
Sturmbahnfuhrer Ludwig Kessler (Clifford
Gestapo man Kessler has been sent by Berlin High
Command to solve the evasion line problem in Belgium once and for all.
Kessler is a staunch Nazi who is fiercely loyal to the Fuhrer. He often
crosses swords with his Luftwaffe colleagues.
Clifford has appeared in Inspector
Morse and Callan (Dr Snell), but is best known for the part of Kessler which
he reprised in 1981 for the TV series with the same name.
Major Erwin Brandt (Michael
Since his arrival in Brussels, Erwin Brandt of the
Luftwaffe, has gone some way to combat the evasion line problem. He is not
best pleased when he learns that he is to be permanently assisted by
Kessler. Brandt treats captured pilots well, a strategy designed to put them
at ease and make them talk.
Michael is probably best known for his
roles in Cadfael (Prior Robert), The House of Elliot (Sir Ralph Saroyan) and
Black Beauty (Squire Trelawney). He also appeared as Captain Needa in the
film The Empire Strikes Back.
Lisa Colbert 'Yvette' (Jan
Lisa set up Lifeline and runs the operation from the
Cafe Candide. Her cover, when she is not taking Allied aircrew down the line
is to works as a nurse at Dr. Keldermans' surgery. She distrusts the newly
arrived John Curtis and is adamant that other than financially, they do not
need assistance from London. Lisa's pretty face belies her strong-will.
Jan starred as Penny in Just Good
Friends. She has also taken regular roles in Staying Lucky, the Duchess of
Duke Street (Irene Baker), The Long Chase and The Ghostbusters of East Finchley
Flt. Lt. John Curtis (Christopher
Curtis has been sent to Brussels by London to assist
in the running of Lifeline. He is attracted to Lisa, but she has no time for
him and resent his presence. His motives and cover are questioned by the
Lifeline members at the Candide.
Christopher is probably best known for his roles as Lieut. Player in
Colditz and as Skagra in the unfinished Dr Who tale Shada. He has also
appeared in many roles on American television.
Dr. Pascal Keldermans (Valentine
Keldermans is a vital member of Lifeline, as he is
regularly called upon to treat airman who have been picked up wounded.
Keldermans also treats many German officers to avoid suspicion. Lisa works
as a nurse at his surgery as her cover.
Valentine Dyall was well known as radio's 'Man in Black'. In the 1980s he
made several guest appearances in Doctor Who as The Black Guardian.
He passed away in 1985.
Alain Muny (Ron
Alain is Lifeline's wireless operator who passes on messages
from London to the Candide. Before the war he was a farmer, now his wife and
son look after the farm while he works for Lifeline.
Ron's films include Personal Services and The Land That Time Forgot. TV
highlights include Dennis Timson in Rumpole of the Bailey, Charley in the
final Avengers episode - Bizarre, Chrissie's Dad in 'Swimming the Channel'
in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV and the Tax Man in the Red Dwarf
episode Better Than Life.
Madeleine Duclos (Hazel
Madeleine has quite a name for herself in Brussels following
high profile relationship as a mistress to a Baron. She befriends Kessler at
the Candide and the pair form an unlikely romantic attachment.
Hazel also appeared in Survivors (Alice in Bridgehead) and The
Professionals (Liz Spalding in You'll be Alright).
Max Brocard (Stephen
Max is an expert forger with some obvious communist leanings.
In the evening he accompanies Monique on the piano in the Restaurant Candide.
Stephen is best known as the slippery businessman - Ken Masters in
Howards Way. He also appeared as Vince Farmer in Family Affairs, Vic Morgan
in Widows 2, Sevrin and Arak in the Doctor Who stories - Genesis of the
Daleks and Vengeance on Varos, Inspector Cadogan in Virtual Murder and Reeve
in the Blake's 7 episode Sand.
Major Hans Dietrich Reinhardt (Terrence
Reinhardt is a quick-witted Luftwaffe Major who has little
confidence in a German victory. His methods and manner causes Kessler to
take a strong dislike to him. Reinhardt is keen to expose Lifeline.
Terrence is now best known as children television's Demon Headmaster.
Other regular roles include: Abbot Radulfus in Cadfael, Grand Wizard
Hellebore in The Worst Witch, Sawyer in The Charmer and Commander Chiswick
in Prime Suspect 3.
Major Nick Bradley (Paul
Nick Bradley is a charismatic Englishman who revels in his
wartime life. He is persuasive and commanding and critical of Lifeline's
Paul's TV roles include: Stafford Wynter in Crossroads, Fred Simcox in
Paradise Postponed, Christopher Swann in Lace 2, Major Provine in the
Blake's 7 episode Countdown and Persuasion in the Doctor Who tale Four to
Gaston Colbert (James
Lisa's uncle Gaston works in a Brussels bank. He uses his
position to forge
documents and papers for Lifeline. His wife, Louise, doesn't know about his
James television credits include: Montanus in I Claudius, Colonel Grace
in The Jewel in the Crown, Dinwiddy Snurdle in Galloping Galaxies and
several roles in Doctor Who (the Security Chief in the War Games, Nefred in
Full Circle and The Keeper of the Matrix in The Trial of a Time Lord).
Andree Foiret (Eileen
Andree is Albert's crippled wife, whom he no longer loves.
Monique's presence in the Candide and correctly suspects that she is
having an affair with her husband.
Eileen recently appeared as Elinor of
Aquitane in her own one woman show. Her television credits include: Lovejoy,
MIdsomer Murders and Francisca in the BBC Shakespeare version of Measure for
Captain Stephen Durnford (Stephan
An English Captain who arrives in Brussels soon after the
Stephan also appeared in the following TV series: UFO, Return of the
Saint, The Famous Five (Perton) and Flickers.
Francois is a bookish student who falls in love with Natalie.
he is keen to become involved in Lifeline, but has no experience of evasion
Nigel has appeared in the following TV series: Hi-de-hi!, Red Dwarf,
Keeping Up Appearances and Hippies.
Louise Colbert (Maria
Louise is Lisa's aunt and Gaston's wife. She is terrified of
the Germans. She suspects that Lisa and Gaston are involved in resistance
activities, but will not broach the subject with them.
Maria Charles recently appeared as Noreen Briggs in Bad Girls. Other
roles include: Mrs Hawtrey in Cor Blimey!, Alena in Crime and Punishment,
Widow Corney in Oliver Twist, Sarah Pocket in Great Expectations and Madge
in Thomas and Sarah.
Hans van Broecken (Gunnar
Hans is Natalie's uncle. He deserted the German army during
the First World War and now lives a simple life as a bargee with his wife
Lena. He has an uncanny knack of becoming embroiled in Lifeline's schemes.
Jacques Bol (Timothy
Jacques owns a local bicycle shop, which is often used as a
rendezvous point by members of Lifeline. Jacques assists in the
interrogation and movement of RAF evaders.
Paul Vercors (Ralph
A dangerous communist who becomes obssessed with taking
revenge on Albert after the loss of one of his colleagues.
Lena van Broecken (Marianne
Lena is Hans' wife and Natalie's aunt. She is a nervous but
Hauptmann Muller (Hilary
Reinhardt's second at the Avenue Louise headquarters.
Yvonne is a flirtatious and lazy barmaid at the Candide. Her
presence often irritates Monique.