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The Eichmann Show

Drama recounting the efforts of a groundbreaking producer and a blacklisted director to televise the trial of notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, accused of executing the Holocaust.

The behind-the-scenes true life story of groundbreaking producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war's most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann. He is accused of executing the 'final solution' and organising the murder of six million Jews. This is the extraordinary story of how Eichmann's trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.

Filmed at the trial in Jerusalem in 1961, the production became the world's first ever global TV documentary series, where, for the first time, the horror of the camps was heard directly from the mouths of its victims. It was edited daily and broadcast in Germany, America, Israel and 34 other countries. People fainted when they saw it on TV. Never before had there been such drama in the use of cameras, their positioning or the revolutionary effect of operators being able to adjust frame and position to match subject and content.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Thu 28 Jan 2021 21:30

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 01:09

    Del Shannon



Role Contributor
Leo Hurwitz Anthony LaPaglia
Milton Fruchtman Martin Freeman
Mrs Landau Rebecca Front
David Landor Andy Nyman
Yaakov Jonilowicz Nicholas Woodeson
Ron Huntsman Ben Addis
Judy Gold Caroline Bartleet
Millek Knebel Ed Birch
Eva Fruchtman Zora Bishop
Roy Sedwell Dylan Edwards
Tommy Hurwitz Nathaniel Gleed
Alan Rosenthal Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Adolf Eichmann Vaidotas Martinaitis
NY Times Journalist’s Wife Nell Mooney
Perry Solomon Mousley
Jane Hurwitz Anna-Louise Plowman
NY Times Journalist Ian Porter
David Arad Justin Salinger
Narrator Samuel West
Writer Simon Block
Director Paul Andrew Williams
Producer Laurence Bowen
Producer Ken Marshall


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