Fatherland (Dramatised)

  • by Robert Harris
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser, Full Cast
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

A Radio 4 Book Club Selection.The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with. Berlin detective Xavier March is called in to investigate the suspicious death of a retired German senior civil servant. His enquiries lead him to inadvertently uncover a terrifying secret that has so far been hidden from the world, a secret so shocking that it must never be revealed.

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What the Critics Say

"Riveting adaptation...the drama is compelling from its opening sequence." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

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great play

I heard this play when it was first broadcast on the Radio, and thought then that it was one of the best I'd heard. Anton Lesser has a great radio presence, as in the Falco series he has more recently starred in. A good listen, tho an expensive use of a book credit!
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- Sarah

Masterpiece of radio

This is an atmospheric and brooding adaptation of a good novel by Robert Harris and I would highly recommend it.

Anton Lesser is superb in the role of March, switching from the gentle, loving and violent and all points along the scale. The other characters also play their parts well too but I think he is key.

It is quite clear that the crew making this went for atmosphere and it shows. The use of real background noises and music managed to create something that sounds naturalisic but was the result of effort. From the opening scenes when the phone call which starts the whole story off chimes in with the music, there is such attention to detail.

The final moments are genuinely chilling.

It's an interesting take on "what might have been" if Hitler had won WWII and how America would have reacted. If you like a good thriller, I would recommend this.
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- catsatcastle "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited