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Episode Ten

Sam helps Marian action her final plan. Back to the present, she tells him about the rest of her life. Concluded by Peter Firth.

A tale of love, betrayal and espionage as the political alliances forged during the Second World War give way to the moral uncertainties of the Cold War.

Marian Sutro is a highly successful British SOE operative working with the French Resistance. Then she is betrayed and imprisoned in Ravensbrück by the Nazis.

Returning to England a broken woman, she attempts to immerse herself in a normal life with a mundane job in London. However, the lure of the secret service and her desire to work for the greater good is never far away.

As the Americans test ever more deadly atomic weapons and the Russians join the frantic race to match them, Marian finds herself in demand by all sides with no moral compass to guide her.

She must walk an increasingly precarious tightrope between her beliefs, her profession and her desires.

Episode Ten.
By Simon Mawer. Sam, now a young man, helps Marian put her final plan into action. Back to the present and she tells him what happened with the rest of her life.

Reader: Peter Firth
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Producer: Rosalynd Ward
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Sat 16 Mar 2019 02:00

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Reader Peter Firth
Author Simon Mawer
Abridger Jeremy Osborne
Producer Rosalynd Ward

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  • Fri 4 Sep 2015 22:45
  • Fri 15 Mar 2019 14:00
  • Sat 16 Mar 2019 02:00

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