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Episode 1

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 11 August 2008

Robert Forrest's thriller and love story set in the court of the Empress Sadako in 10th-century Japan.

Within the palace walls, a series of disturbing crimes throws the court into confusion and unrest. Sei Shonagon's brilliance and wit is called upon for more than her Empress's amusement.

Shonagon ...... Ruth Gemmell
Narimasa ...... John Rowe
Empress ...... Laura Rees
Tadanobu ...... Benedict Cumberbatch
Saisho ...... Caroline Martin
Emperor ...... Richard Madden
Yukinari ...... Mark Bazeley.


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