We’ve seen Martin Freeman in a variety of guises over the last twelve months, from John Watson’s knitted jumpers to Lester Nygaard’s orange puffa jacket and Bilbo Baggins’ hairy Hobbit feet. But his latest role sees him don some specs and head back to the 1960s.
The Sherlock actor is currently filming new BBC2 drama The Eichmann Show in which he plays producer Milton Fruchtman who orchestrated the first global TV event – the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, chief architect of the “final solution” plan to exterminate Europe’s Jews.
Co-starring with Freeman are Anthony LaPaglia who portrays TV director Leo Hurwitz, black-listed during the McCarthy era, with The Thick of It actress Rebecca Front announced as the cast’s newest member, along with Andy Nyman (Peaky Blinders) and Nicholas Woodeson (Borgen).
Eichmann’s trial was broadcast to 37 countries over four months, revealing shocking first-hand testimonies from survivors recounting the horrors of the death camps. An estimated 80% of the German population watched at least one hour a week.
The Eichmann Show will be the centrepiece of a series of BBC1 and BBC2 programmes marking next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.