‘The Great Escape,’ by Clare Finney
It’s been over a year now since Katy Carr switched on the telly and found the story that would change the course of her career. A prolific musician, and Marylebone resident, she was in Poland at the time, visiting her Polish mother’s relatives, and she had turned to the box in search of some light entertainment.
At first it seemed there was nothing on, and for some time Katy flicked idly from channel to channel. Then she saw Kazik – and for the next hour she sat absolutely glued to her seat.
“It was this old man with a torch, following his old escape route from a concentration camp through some tunnels,” Katy remembers. “The walls were peeling, and it was really dark: but he went on, counting his steps here and there and explaining how every second counted, how one bad move would mean catastrophe. I was gripped.”