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Summary

A gritty thriller set behind the Iron Curtain in 1960s Hungary.

Budapest, 1964. Special Investigator Bertalan Lázár and his wife, spymaster Franciska Lázár, face formidable challenges as they try to navigate a path through the dangerous underworld of Cold War-era Hungary. Catching the criminals is difficult enough, but there are other more threatening battles raging in higher places. 

In these eight episodes, Bertalan prepares to fight a turf war as he tries to find a child killer, investigates a seemingly straightforward case of GBH that leads him to a rogue cop and enters the uncharted territory of Budapest's underground drugs scene after a rock musician is found dead. 

His life is further complicated by the return of his old nemesis, Tibor Farkas, and soon both he and Franciska find themselves in the firing line as the corrupt cop turns his sights on them.... 

Written by Philip Palmer, this gripping, atmospheric drama expertly conjures up the tense, paranoid world of Communist Hungary, where dissidence was dangerous, the truth was hard to find and pursuing justice could get you killed. Leo Bill stars as Bertalan and Clare Corbett as Franciska, with Andy Linden as Tibor Farkas. 

The episodes in this collection are:

  • 'Gellert Hill'
  • 'Spider's Web'
  • 'Carnaby Street'
  • 'Gypsy Dancers'
  • 'Grandmother's Footsteps'
  • 'Mad Dog'
  • 'The Light of Dawn'
  • 'The Great Society'

Produced and directed by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko. 

Cast

Bertalan Lázár - Leo Bill

Franciska Lázár - Clare Corbett

József Szabados - Joseph Ayre

Dmitri Dragunov - Simon Scardifield

Márk Mészáros - Michael Bertenshaw

András Vásáry - David Hounslow

Priest/Copper - Christopher Harper

Gyuri Varg/Fabenyi/Police officer/Partygoer - Kenny Blyth

Dorina Varga - Helen Clapp

Ministry official/Police officer/Drug dealer/Partygoer - Chris Pavlo

Hanna Krivosik - Franchi Webb

Zsófia/Nurse 1 - Sarah Ovens

Tibor Farkas - Andy Linden

PuŠomori Žiga - Debbie Korley

Nurse 2/Receptionist - Susan Jameson

Gyozo Novak - Carl Prekopp

Florian Hevesi - Luke Nunn

Sandor Boros - Stephen Greif

Pathologist - Jane Whittenshaw

Cop/Detective - Stefan Adegbola

Mother - Emma Handy

Kulcsar - Roger Ringrose

Draskovic - Ewan Bailey

Billiards player/Prison officer - Ian Dunnett Jnr

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Where are the first 8 episodes?

Why doesn't anyone in Audible check anything - thus is the second set of episodes.....how can we be expected 5o understand the story by starting at episode 9.......I have listened to first 8 on bbc radio 4 . Please do your homework.....very disappointed , Full set seem to available from you when searched on Web, very very poor

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Excellent

This series is very atmospheric of the times. Creating a compelling range of characters, no one knowing who to trust in communist Hungry. Brilliant cast, and great audio drama. Highly recommended.

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Flat-out brilliant

This is a very good series. A detective drama thick with secret police conspiracy and very challenging personal dynamics in a world not often revealed, post-War communist Hungary. Absolutely worth listening to.