Spies of Warsaw

Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

“Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais”: how good to see that caption on British television once more. Here they’ve adapted Alan Furst’s bestseller for a two-part spy thriller set in 1930s Poland.

David Tennant plays Jean-François Mercier, a decorated First World War hero juggling diplomatic duties with information-trafficking. An excellent cast features Anton Lesser and Julian Glover, and the location filming in Warsaw is a boost. But the broth of accents and intrusive jazz score sometimes jolt you out of the drama. Still, it’s a good, old-fashioned yarn, in the mould of Reilly, Ace of Spies, where stripy barriers across forest roads and trenchcoated figures skulking in the darkness are de rigueur.

About this programme

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' two-part adaptation of Alan Furst's spy novel set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. It is 1937 and at the French embassy in Warsaw, new military attache Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna, a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations. Their complicated liaison intensifies as German tanks drive through the Black Forest. Starring David Tennant and Janet Montgomery.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jean-Francois Mercier
David Tennant
Anna Skarbek
Janet Montgomery
Antoni Pakulski
Marcin Dorocinski
Olga Musser
Ann Eleonora Jorgensen
Jourdain
Burn Gorman
Mme Dupin
Ellie Haddington
Maxim Mostov
Piotr Baumann
Zoller
Jan Pohl
August Voss
Rad Kaim
Malka Rozen
Linda Bassett
Viktor Rozen
Alan Corduner
Helena Skarbek
Tusse Silberg
Dr Lapp
Anton Lesser
Col Lessard
Richard Lintern
Gen Beauvilliers
Julian Glover
Lady Angela Hope
Fenella Woolgar
Roddy Fitzware
Richard Teversen
Gabrielle
Tuppence Middleton
Marek
Miroslaw Zbrojewicz
Edvard Uhl
Ludger Pistor
Papa Heininger
Nicholas Blane
Stefan
Marcin Walewski
Jozef
Maciej Marczewski
Cecylia
Ania Czartoryska
Princess Ewa
Magda Poplawska
Wlada
Grazyna Zielinska
Frau Schimmel
Maria Mamona
Renata
Joanna Kulig-Bochniak
Weasel
Grzegorz Emanuel
Gluck
John Weisgerber
Olga's neighbour
Krystyna Rutkowska Ulewicz
Conductor
Romuald Krezel
Swiss Border Guard
Tom Pawlak
Private
Gregg Lowe
Doorman
Lech Dyblik
Steward
Maciej Nawrocki

Crew

Director
Coky Giedroyc
Executive Producer
Richard Fell
Producer
Richard Fell
Writer
Dick Clement
Writer
Ian La Frenais
Categories
Drama

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