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Author Topic: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14  (Read 658 times)


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Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« on: November 28, 2016, 05:23:22 PM »
I've watched the first 3 episodes and find this series of 6 quite fantastic.  It's wirtten and directed by Stephen Poliakoff.


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Re: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 05:06:33 AM »
I agree! It's very, very good!


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