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Simon Morris discovers that rare thing in an age of endless sequels and prequels – three stories that simply stand alone.   They include a British war story, a French tale of a street-kid turned dressmaker, and a Belgian-Scottish romance about secrets and lies.



Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary true story of a fake spy dropped off to fool the Nazis about the Allied battle plans.  Stars Colin Firth, Matthew McFadyen and Kelly McDonald.


Haute Couture sees a retiring Dior dressmaker take a stroppy girl from the Paris slums under her wing and teach her the tricks of the trade.  Stars Nathalie Baye (Downton Abbey: A new era.)



And Nobody has to know sees a Scottish woman lie to a man with amnesia about their relationship.  Stars Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones).