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Enemy At The Door is a British television drama series made by London Weekend Television for ITV. Now known as ITV London (Weekends) London Weekend Television logo, 1978-1996 London Weekend Television logo, 1996-2004 London Weekend Television Limited (LWT) is the ITV contractor for London, Friday 5:15pm to Monday, 5:59am. ... Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales the channel was recently rebranded ITV1 by ITV plc who own the regional broadcasting licences for the regions. ...

The series was shown between 1978 and 1980 and dealt with the German military occupation of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, during the Second World War. Many episodes portrayed the balance of power and fragile harmony between the islanders and the German occupying forces, and how it was threatened by either resistance action or over-zealous clamping down by the Germans. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Channel Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...

The islanders were chiefly represented by the respected local doctor, Philip Martell (Bernard Horsfall), who struggled to maintain the peace while the Germans were led by Major Dieter Richter (Alfred Burke), who was inclined to be lenient on the Guernsey populace but whose approach was challenged by his more conventionally "nasty" SS counterpart Hauptmann Reineke (Simon Cadell). Bernard Horsfall (born 20 November 1930 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is a British actor. ... Simon Cadell (19 July 1950-6 March 1996) was a British actor, born in London. ...

The series also marked the TV debut of Anthony Stewart Head as a member of the island resistance. Anthony Stewart Head (born February 20, 1954) is a British actor in theatre, television and films but most widely known for his role in the American television drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role of Frank N Furter in the London revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and a...

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