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The third instalment of ‘The Great Escape’ airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm, the programme detailing the real life events which inspired the famous film. The three-part documentary explores the infamous World War 2 prison break which saw 76 men tunnel out a German prisoner of war camp as part of a mission to cause mayhem at the heart of Nazi occupied territory. Last night’s episode focused on the devastating moment, also dramatised in the film, when Roger Bushell and the X Committee’s tunnel was discovered and destroyed.
Of course, Mr Bushell pressed on with the escape plan by opening another tunnel.
The audacious escape from Stalag Luft III, located in modern-day Poland, was immortalised 19 years later in the suspense war blockbuster ‘The Great Escape’, starring acting icons Steve McQueen, James Garner and Mr Bronson.
The 1963 film, which presents a heavily fictionalised version of the actual events, has gone down in Hollywood history due to Mr McQueen’s infamous motorcycle chase and jump scene.
Mr Bronson, who for a time in the Seventies was the world’s biggest box office attraction, was cast as claustrophobic Polish Flight Lieutenant Danny Velinski.