Archangel follows Oxford historian Fluke Kelso, on a dangerous and thrilling race to uncover the dark mystery behind the alleged secret diaries of Josef Stalin.
Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of Fluke Kelso (Daniel Craig). His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard of the NKVD (People's Commissariat For Internal Affairs) leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets.
Fluke is a maverick academic who attends a conference in Moscow about the newly opened Soviet Archives. His colleagues sneer at him behind his back for his radical views on the telling of history but Kelso doesn't care. He's his own man.
One night he is visited in his hotel room by Papu Rapava, a former member of the Soviet police chief and bodyguard to its chief Lavrenty Beria. Fluke listens spellbound as Rapava tells him the astonishing story of Josef Stalin's last hours. Rapava explains how he helped the chief of police to steal a secret notebook from Stalin's safe and bury it in the grounds of Beria's Moscow house...where it still lies.
How can a Stalin scholar resist the lure of Stalin's secret notebook? But, equally, in the wake of the fake Hitler diaries, how can he not proceed with extreme caution? Next day, Fluke sets off for the Lenin Library to research the mysterious missing notebook. What starts as an idle enquiry soon turns into a dangerous chase across night-time Moscow and up to northern Russia.
With only a few days left before ice seals off the forests of Archangel, Kelso is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal 'Holy Grail' - Josef Stalin's secret legacy - which could change the face of Russian history forever.
Adapted by award winning writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Rotters' Club, Auf Weidersehen, Pet), Archangel was filmed entirely on location in Moscow and Latvia.
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