Episode DescriptionsEpisode 1
May 7, 2000, 9pm to 10:30pm
A 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.
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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