The Rabbit Never Escapes

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Duration: 1 hour

Keith Davis, the British ambassador to Tazbekistan, is tasked with securing a £2billion helicopter contract for the UK. Things begin badly when he accidentally shoots an Ibex, the national animal of Tazbekistan, whilst on a hunting trip with the president. Then affairs are further jeopardized when an arrogant young British human rights activist is arrested by the regime on trumped up charges. This throws Davis into direct conflict with the deputy head of mission, Neil Tilly, who believes Britain should be prioritising human rights over winning arms contracts. Neil, though, has ethical troubles of his own when the Tazbek secret police blackmail him into spying on the British for them.

The embassy is hosting a 'Best of British Festival', offering an opportunity for Davis to impress the Tazbeks and persuade them to go with the British helicopters. However, the best the festival can offer is a medieval folk group from Gloucestershire, a demonstration of how to make a pork pie and a one man production of Frankenstein. Nobody, least of all Davis, is feeling too confident. News reaches them that the human rights activist is facing the death penalty and the ambassador and his team are forced to make a tough decision.

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Credits

Keith Davis
David Mitchell
Neil Tilly
Robert Webb
Jennifer
Keeley Hawes
The Prez
Igal Naor
Caitlin
Susan Lynch
Isabel
Amara Karan
Tanya
Natalia Tena
Natalia
Shivani Ghai
POD
Matthew Macfadyen
French Ambassador
Oliver Dimsdale
Jamatt
Richard Katz
Stephen Pembridge
Elliot Cowan
Simon Broughton
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Sergei
Andy Lucas
Ludmilla
Debbie Chazen
Svecko
Velibor Topic
US Ambassador
Lachele Carl
Short surveillance man
Sevan Stephan
Kevin
James Doherty
Mrs Petrova
Jenny Galloway
Guide
Danny Scheinmann
Tall surveillance man
George Lasha
Daisy
Helen Daniels
Director
Jeremy Webb
Producer
Chris Carey
Writer
James Wood
Writer
Rupert Walters

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