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£1m replica camp to recapture life for PoWs on TV
By Adam Sherwin, Media Reporter
June 2 2003, 1:00am, The Times
A £1 MILLION replica stalag camp, complete with tunnels, latrines and an isolation block, has been built in Lithuania for a new ITV drama series that will return prisoner-of-war escapades to prime-time television.
More than 300 local craftsmen have constructed the set for P.O.W., incorporating eight prisoners’ huts, a kommandant’s residence, wash house and 20 miles of barbed wire, on land rented from farmers in Bezdonys, near Vilnius.
The series will be a frank portrayal of a German camp, where homosexual rape, collaboration with the enemy and furtive sex sessions with local frauleins are facts of prison life. “Some of the Brits are complete s**ts,” Charlie Pattinson, executive producer at Company Pictures, which is making the series for ITV, said.
Lithuania, where labour is cheap but memories of the war remain strong, is substituting for Germany. Two hundred local people will don prison uniforms and act as extras when filming begins today.
The story opens in 1940 and the hero is Flight Sergeant Jim Caddon (James D’arcy, previously ITV1’s Nicholas Nickleby), who tries to keep his unruly bunch of RAF privates focused on their obligation to escape from Stalag 39’s brutal kommandant. The real star, however, is likely to be the replica camp, built after consultations with the Imperial War Museum and former stalag captives, who have travelled to Lithuania to inspect it.
An 80ft tunnel has been built under one prisoners’ hut. The village has received electricity for the first time after the Lithuanian Electricity Board laid down 2.5 kilometres of cables for the watchtower and perimeter lighting.
Workmen drilled down 70ft to reach water which can be pumped up for use in the camp for showers and latrines, as prisoners were forced to do when building real camps.
The cast, which includes the EastEnders actor Joe Absolom, have spent a night in the prison hut straw beds, with bread and “hooch” for sustenance, to gain a taste of real captive life.
“If we don’t get a second series, we have left behind the perfect set for Lithuania’s Big Brother,” Mr Pattinson said.
“It has taken 300 Lithuanians six weeks to build a perfect stalag replica. It is as real as can be, from the guards’ house to the hospital. It is a very solid construction and has already survived some abysmal weather. But building a prison camp must have been a strange experience for some of the older Lithuanians.”
P.O.W. will avoid the clichés of wartime drama, he said. “Homosexuality was a reality of prison life. There is also evidence that prisoners bribed guards for time with local girls when they were sent to work in fields and mines and we include that. Some of the British privates are antisocial characters.”
Company is seeking to sell the series internationally but is not expecting a German buyer. The kommandant, played by the German actor Anatole Taubman, resorts to callous abuse of the inmates when his control is undermined.
To the frustration of the testosterone-fuelled captives, he has snared a beautiful but treacherous British wife, played by Amelia Curtis. Other scenes show recriminations among the prisoners when one of their number is suspected of working with the Nazis.
ITV is hoping for six series of P.O.W., concluding with a final 1945 liberation. American audiences flocked to the flag-waving war epics Saving Private Ryanand Band Of Brothers and ITV believes that there is an appetite for a fresh examination of the war in Britain.
The first six one-hour episodes will air this autumn, along with Island At War, an ITV1 drama about three Channel Island families living under German occupation.
Lithuania is one of several countries helping Eastern Europe to develop as the centre of film and television production. Cheap labour and the excellent studio facilities left behind by Soviet regimes are significant attractions.
Granada’s Dr Zhivago was filmed in Slovakia and Prague, where the 40-acre Barrandov studios have been used for American hits such as Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Knights.
Company Pictures has signed a multi-year lease for the land near Vilnius with six Lithuanian farmers. “They are delighted with the income,” Mr Pattinson said. “Even if they cannot grow crops, they now have electricity for the first time.”