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Spies of Warsaw

Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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Review

“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.

Summary

Part one of two Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' 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 & Crew

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