The Great Escape

Series 2 - Episode 6 The Great Escape



Surprises lie hidden in many of our family histories, but few of us are likely to discover ancestors whose stories inspired a Hollywood blockbuster. Yet presenter Chris Hollins and a team of experts help three women do just that as they uncover the instrumental roles their relatives played in the Great Escape from PoW camp Stalag Luft III.

Seventeen-year-old student Rebecca Goodchild finds out how
her great uncle’s artistic talents came in handy when forging German documents, while Gill Owen and Tanya Millard hear first-hand from prisoners how their relatives masterminded the bid for freedom. The tragic fate of the escapees makes these genealogical discoveries all the more affecting.


Participants Tanya Millard and Gill Owen learn how their ancestors were involved in an audacious plan to free prisoners of war from a Nazi camp. They discover how their relatives paid the ultimate price for making the bid, though their story inspired a book and Hollywood film.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris Hollins