The Diary of Anne Frank
One of the most heart-rending stories of World War II. The Franks, who lived in Amsterdam, were one of the many Jewish families forced into hiding to escape Nazi persecution. Anne records all that happens in her diary, as her tale of fear, romance and treachery moves to a tragic ending.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Episode 1
June 1942. WWII Amsterdam is under Nazi occupation. Anne Frank, a teenage Jewish girl, is celebrating her 13th birthday with her family and friends by having a party. Amongst her birthday presents, she is given a red diary that she starts to write in immediately. Days later, call up papers arrive for her 16-year-old sister Margot and her parents, Otto and Edith, decide to hasten their plan to go into hiding from the Nazis to ensure that the family do not get separated. Part 1 of 4.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Episode 2
In the secret annex where Anne Frank is in hiding from the Nazis with her family and close friends the Van Daan family, the toilet is blocked and her father, Otto, is forced to try and unblock it with a stick. When he fails, they have to resort to using jam jars until it is mended. Their helpers in the offices downstairs call a plumber, and the family are terrified that he will need to come up to the annex and they will be discovered. Fortunately, it is finally sorted from downstairs and all is well. Part 2 of 4.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Episode 3
The routine in the annex is now very established. Otto tries to keep up with company business by lying on the floor and listening to meetings downstairs, and he is shocked to discover that the building has had to be sold. They fear that the new owner will demand access to the annex and they will be discovered, but Mr Kleiman tells the owner that he has left the key at home. The lease won't be exchanged for months yet, and the war might be over by then, so for now the threat is over. Part 3 of 4.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Episode 4
Anne is having a birthday party. She is blowing out the candles on her magnificent chocolate cake, surrounded by friends. Suddenly she wakes up and remembers she is in the annex, and her 14th birthday will be a much more modest affair. Her family give her whatever they can, but the only present that really excites her is the bar of chocolate she is given. Part 4 of 4.
- Christopher Benjamin, David Swift, Elizabeth Bell, Emrys James, Katharine Schlesinger, Steven Mackintosh, Susan Tracy
- Gareth Davies
- Terrance Dicks
- Anne Frank, Elaine Morgan