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Masterpiece Classic: Island at War (6-part series) This is the description of part 1:
Out fishing in French waters, policeman Wilf Jonas (Owen Teale) of St.Gregory in the Channel Islands witnesses British soldiers being cut down as they try to escape from the Germans. Back on the island, James Dorr (James Wilby), deputy head of the government, is unhappily married to Felicity (Clare Holman). When news comes of the imminent arrival of the Germans, Felicity decides to leave James and return to England, but she is caught in a bombing raid at the harbor. Having come so close to death, she resolves to stay and support James. Meanwhile, Cassie Mahy (Saskia Reeves) runs a successful grocery store with her dreamy husband Urban (Julian Wadham). Urban is given a photography shop by the Jewish Mr. Isaaks (David De Keyser) who is fleeing the island. Having failed to find a decent boat to ensure the safe evacuation of his family, Urban is thrilled to have the distraction of the shop, which he explores with his daughters-June (Samantha Robinson), a cabaret singer, and Angelique (Joanne Froggatt), a government worker. Later, Urban is killed at the harbor during the air raid. Wilf and his wife Kathleen (Julia Ford) have managed to evacuate their daughter Mary to England, but their son Colin (Sean Ward) refuses to go. German commander Baron von Rheingarten (Phillip Glenister) quickly takes control. At Urban's wake, Cassie gets drunk and accuses Felicity of sleeping with her husband.