Spies Of Warsaw is a thrilling spy story set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield.
At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (Tennant), a decorated war hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.
At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Montgomery), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations. Their complicated love affair intensifies as German tanks drive through the Black Forest.
Alan Furst’s acclaimed novel, Spies Of Warsaw will air as two 90-minute film adaptations and will bring to BBC Four a combination of historically located, intelligent narratives, interlaced with flawed, romantic and utterly compelling characters.
Spanning the decade from 1933 to 1943, as the Germans slowly consolidate their political stranglehold on Europe, Furst’s stories are portraits of subjugated peoples who try to resist the suffocating inevitability of Hitler’s regime. They show the potency and importance of espionage and pure intelligence in the run up to the war.
Commissioned by Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. Executive produced by Richard Fell for Fresh Pictures and Chris Aird for the BBC, co-produced by Apple Film for TV Poland in association with ARTE FRANCE and BBC Worldwide.
JEAN-FRANCOIS MERCIER - DAVID TENNANT
ANNA SKARBEK - JANET MONTGOMERY
ANTONI PAKULSKI - MARCIN DOROCINSKI
EDVARD UHL - LUDGER PISTOR
JOURDAIN - BURN GORMAN
‘THE COUNTESS’ / OLGA MUSSER - ANN ELEONORA JORGENSEN
MAXIM MOSTOV - PIOTR BAUMANN
MAREK - MIROSLAW ZBROJEWICZ
MADAME DUPIN - ELLIE HADDINGTON
GABRIELLE - TUPPENCE MIDDLETON
DOCTOR LAPP - ANTON LESSER
JULIUS HALBACH - ADAM GODLEY
JOHANNES ELTER - NICHOLAS MURCHIE
TRUDL - MEL GIEDROYC
COLONEL LESSARD - RICHARD LINTERN
GENERAL BEAUVILLIERS - JULIAN GLOVER
LADY ANGELA HOPE - FENELLA WOOLGAR
RODDY FITZWARE - RICHARD TEVERSEN
PRINCESS EWA - MAGDA POPLAWSKA
ZOLLER - JAN POHL
AUGUST VOSS - RAD KAIM
MALKA ROZEN - LINDA BASSETT
VIKTOR ROZEN - ALAN CORDUNER
HELENA SKARBEK - TUSSE SILBERG
DUFF COOPER - JULIAN HARRIES