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Episode 1
May 7, 2000, 9pm to 10:30pm
Image of Monsignor Renard sitting on the side of a roadA Gestapo officer is searching for an escaped English soldier and suspects that Renard is somehow involved. He is. As the screws of German tyranny tighten, the citizens of Saint-Josse respond with a mixture of fear, defiance, and collaboration.

The mayor (Geoffrey Hutchings) bends over backwards to accommodate them. The sawmill owner Dufos (Michael Attwell) gladly accepts a contract to build invasion barges to use against England. The thief Gagnepain (Jimmy Yuill) employs his craft to start a black-market and also befriends Renard. Madeleine's daughter, Helene (Juliette Caton), befriends an amorous German soldier.

Episode 2
May 14, 2000, 9pm to10:30pm
A chill wind blows through Saint-Josse as Germans callously shoot a French colonial soldier who is stealing bread. Madame Dufos (Barbara Kellerman) belatedly discovers her Jewish ancestry, throwing her anti-Semitic family into turmoil. Another Jewish family tries to escape and meets treachery at the hands of a friend. Renard is visited by a dissolute German archbishop.

Episode 3
May 21, 2000, 9pm to10:30pm
Image of Monsignor Renard at a celebrationOminously, Helene discovers she is pregnant and won't say who the father is. One candidate is a German soldier; another, a French swell named Etienne (Dominic Monaghan), who is baiting the Germans with almost suicidal insolence.

Meanwhile, Madame Dufos bribes a local official to allow her to depart with her son for the presumed safety of the French puppet regime in Vichy and the Germans stage a kangaroo court followed by an execution.

As Saint-Josse slowly falls apart, Renard does what he can to give the people comfort through the familiar rituals of the church. He also gives them pride through acts of defiance, and hope through a campaign of increasingly violent resistance.

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