Life And Fate [Grossman's War]

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01Viktor And Lyuda2011091820191208 (BBC7)
20191209 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda
By Vasily Grossman
Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan. It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans. Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.
Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh
Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi
Nadya....Ellie Kendrick
Alexandra....Ann Mitchell
Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony
Akhmet Karimov....Stephen Greif
Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter
Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson
Sister....Elaine Claxton
Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear
Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas
Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall
Translated by Robert Chandler
Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, an epic saga that fills every drama strand on Radio 4 this week. Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Kenneth Branagh stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Viktor, a nuclear physicist, is evacuated with his family from Moscow eastwards to Kazan.

It's October 1942 and the Russians are defending Stalingrad from the ferocious attack of the Germans. Viktor has a revelatory breakthrough in his research but his wife Lyuda learns of the death of her son and her grief drives a wedge between the couple: Viktor is drawn to the kindness of Marya, the wife of his close colleague.

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in Vasily Grossman’s epic saga.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Grossman’s huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly seen as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested.

Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Dramatised by Mike Walker.

Viktor Shtrum....Kenneth Branagh
Lyuda Shaposhnikova....Greta Scacchi
Nadya....Ellie Kendrick
Alexandra....Ann Mitchell
Pyotr Sokolov....Nigel Anthony
Akhmet Karimov....Stephen Greif
Marya Sokolova....Harriet Walter
Leonid Madyarov....Ralph Ineson
Sister....Elaine Claxton
Anna Stepanovna....Alex Tregear
Soldiers....Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, Henry Devas

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead.

Musicians: Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

02Anna's Letter2011091920191209 (BBC7)
20191210 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Anna's Letter
By Vasily Grossman
Viktor's mother, Anna, writes him a farewell letter in September 1941. As a Jew in Berdichev, in the Ukraine now occupied by the Nazis, she has been forced into a ghetto and understands what will come next. The letter somehow finds its way to Viktor and is to be a source of strength for him in days to come.
Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Anna Semyonovna.... Janet Suzman

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall
Translated by Robert Chandler
Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

This afternoon: Life and Fate: Krymov and Zhenya - Lovers Once [link]
Tomorrow: Life and Fate: Vera and her Pilot [link]
Life and Fate: Journey [link]

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Janet Suzman stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Viktor's mother, Anna, writes him a farewell letter in September 1941.

As a Jew in Berdichev, in the Ukraine now occupied by the Nazis, she has been forced into a ghetto and understands what will come next. The letter somehow finds its way to Viktor and is to be a source of strength for him in days to come.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Dramatised by Mike Walker

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead.

Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall

Translated by Robert Chandler

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

03Krymov And Zhenya - Lovers Once2011091920191209 (BBC7)
20191210 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Krymov and Zhenya - Lovers Once
by Vasily Grossman
October 1942. Evacuated from Moscow to Kuibyshev before the invading German army, the beautiful Yevgenia (Zhenya), Lyuda's sister, is alone. While she tackles Soviet bureaucracy for the residence permit she needs for food, her ex-husband, the Commissar Nikolai Krymov, is posted into the heart of the battle for Stalingrad, hundreds of miles away.
Dramatised for radio by Jonathan Myerson

Nikolai Krymov.... David Tennant
Zhenya Shaposhnikova.... Raquel Cassidy
Jenni.... Eleanor Bron
General Rodimtsev.... Bruce Alexander
Major Byerozkin.... Sam Dale
District Inspector Grishin.... Peter Polycarpou
Limonov.... Adrian Scarborough
Seryozha Shaposhnikov.... Freddie Fox
With Elaine Claxton, James Lailey, Gerard McDermott, Simon Bubb, Alun Raglan, Jonathan Forbes, Carl Prekopp, and Katie Angelou.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Directed by Jonquil Panting
Produced by Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

David Tennant stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

October 1942. Evacuated from Moscow to Kuibyshev before the invading German army, the beautiful Yevgenia (Zhenya), Lyuda's sister, is alone.

While she tackles Soviet bureaucracy for the residence permit she needs for food, her ex-husband, the Commissar Nikolai Krymov, is posted into the heart of the battle for Stalingrad, hundreds of miles away.

Continuing Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Nikolai Krymov.... David Tennant
Zhenya Shaposhnikova.... Raquel Cassidy
Jenni.... Eleanor Bron
General Rodimtsev.... Bruce Alexander
Major Byerozkin.... Sam Dale
District Inspector Grishin.... Peter Polycarpou
Limonov.... Adrian Scarborough
Seryozha Shaposhnikov.... Freddie Fox

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Director: Jonquil Panting

Producer: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

04Vera And Her Pilot2011092020191210 (BBC7)
20191211 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Vera and her Pilot
By Vasily Grossman
In a forest in northern Russia, Lenya, a pilot, longs to see his pregnant girlfriend, Vera. She is stranded in Stalingrad with her father, Stepan. Her mother (another sister of Lyuda) has drowned in the Volga. She watches the planes hoping to catch sight of Lenya.
Dramatised for radio by Jonathan Myerson

Lenya Viktorov.... Luke Treadaway
Vera Spiridonov.... Morven Christie
Pavel Andreyevich.... Malcolm Tierney
Stepan Spiridonov.... Kenneth Cranham
Skotnoy.... Jonathan Forbes
Solmatin.... Carl Prekopp
Mukhin.... Simon Bubb
Zakabluka.... Gerard McDermott

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Performed by Carl Prekopp & Gerard McDermott
Translated by Robert Chandler
Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

In a forest in northern Russia, Lenya, a pilot, longs to see his pregnant girlfriend, Vera. She is stranded in Stalingrad with her father, Stepan. Her mother (another sister of Lyuda) has drowned in the Volga. She watches the planes hoping to catch sight of Lenya.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in Vasily Grossman’s epic saga.

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Performed by Carl Prekopp & Gerard McDermott

Translated by Robert Chandler

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

05Journey2011092020191210 (BBC7)
20191211 (BBC7)
Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi, Samuel West, John Sessions and Harriet Walter star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Sofya, a Jewish doctor, is taken prisoner in Stalingrad and put on a cattle-truck going west to Poland. A German SS officer, Liss, oversees the building of the gas chambers and entertains Eichmann on an inspection tour. Liss is convinced that the Nazi and Soviet systems are more similar than their followers like to think.

Sofya Levinton.... Sara Kestelman
Liss.... Samuel West
Eichmann.... John Sessions
Mostovskoy.... Peter Marinker
David.... Laurence Belcher
Musya.... Christine Kavanagh
Lyusia....Deeivya Meir
Khmelkov....Henry Devas
With Adeel Akhtar, Sean Baker, Sam Dale and Sally Orrock

Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Sara Kestelman stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi, Samuel West, John Sessions and Harriet Walter star in Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Dramatised by Mike Walker.

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

06Abarchuk2011092120191211 (BBC7)
20191212 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Abarchuk

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi, Malcolm Storry and Harriet Walter star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Lyuda's ex-husband, Abarchuk, is still a staunch believer in the Party even though he was sent to a Russian labour camp some years ago. In November 1942, he assumes his son, Tolya, is fighting for the motherland and composes a letter to him about his beliefs; beliefs that may have been shaken by a recent encounter with his former mentor, Magar.
Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Abarchuk.... Malcolm Storry
Rubin.... Peter Polycarpou
Barkhatov.... Alun Raglan
Magar.... Sean Baker
Mishanin.... Jonathan Forbes
With Simon Bubb, James Lailey, Stuart Mcloughlin and Daniel Rabin
Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Translated by Robert Chandler

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Lyuda's ex-husband, Abarchuk, is still a staunch believer in the Party even though he was sent to a Russian labour camp some years ago.

In November 1942, he assumes his son, Tolya, is fighting for the motherland and composes a letter to him about his beliefs; beliefs that may have been shaken by a recent encounter with his former mentor, Magar.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi, Malcolm Storry and Harriet Walter star Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Abarchuk.... Malcolm Storry
Rubin.... Peter Polycarpou
Barkhatov.... Alun Raglan
Magar.... Sean Baker
Mishanin.... Jonathan Forbes

With Simon Bubb, James Lailey, Stuart Mcloughlin and Daniel Rabin

Dramatised by Mike Walker.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead.

Translated by Robert Chandler.

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

07Building 6/1 - Those Who Were Still Alive2011092120191211 (BBC7)
20191212 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Building 6/1 - Those Who Were Still Alive

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Late October 1942. Building 6/1 is a former apartment building in the centre of Stalingrad, being held by a rag-tag band of Russian soldiers against all the odds, in the teeth of the German advance. Soon the building, and its charismatic Commander, Captain Grekov, are a legend across Russia. But inside the building, Commissar Krymov has arrived to tackle what appears to be subversion, while the radio operator, Katya, falls in love with his nephew, Seryozha.
Dramatised for radio by Jonathan Myerson

Captain Grekov.... Joseph Millson
Commissar Krymov.... David Tennant
Vasya.... Stephen Hogan
Katya.... Katie Angelou
Lyakhov.... Carl Prekopp
Polyakov.... Peter Polycarpou
Seryozha Shaposhnikov.... Freddie Fox
Batrakov.... James Lailey
Zubarev.... Gerard McDermott
Bunchuk.... Jonathan Forbes

Directed by Jonquil Panting

Produced by Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

David Tennant stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Late October 1942. Building 6/1 is a former apartment building in the centre of Stalingrad, being held by a rag-tag band of Russian soldiers against all the odds, in the teeth of the German advance.

Soon the building, and its charismatic Commander, Captain Grekov, are a legend across Russia. But inside the building, Commissar Krymov has arrived to tackle what appears to be subversion, while the radio operator, Katya, falls in love with his nephew, Seryozha.

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in Vasily Grossman’s epic saga.

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Director: Jonquil Panting

Producer: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

08Lieutenant Peter Bach2011092220191212 (BBC7)
20191213 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Lieutenant Peter Bach

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Peter Bach, a German officer, is wounded and treated at a military field hospital in November 1942. The brief respite from the fighting gives him time to contemplate his secret affair with a Russian girl, Zina, an affair that he roughly denies when confronted with it.
Dramatised for radio by Jonathan Myerson.

Lieutenant Peter Bach.... Geoffrey Streatfeild
Gerne.... Lloyd Thomas
Fresser.... Michael Shelford
The Goalkeeper.... Tony Bell
Zina.... Jessica Raine
Hospital Sister.... Christine Kavanagh
Hospital Orderly.... David Seddon

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of all sides of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

Peter Bach, a German officer, is wounded and treated at a military field hospital in November 1942.

The brief respite from the fighting gives him time to contemplate his secret affair with a Russian girl, Zina, an affair that he roughly denies when confronted with it.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star in Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Director: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

09Novikov's Story2011092220191212 (BBC7)
20191213 (BBC7)
Life and Fate: Novikov's Story

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in this eight hour dramatisation of Life and Fate.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, this huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

November, 1942. Novikov, a tank commander, prepares his troops for Operation Uranus, the campaign which is to be the turning point in the Battle of Stalingrad. On his way to the front, he visits Zhenya, his lover, in Kuibyshev. He dreams of marrying her but she is still torn between him and Krymov. She tells an anecdote about Krymov and Trotsky, a slip of the tongue that leads to betrayal.
Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker

Pyotr Pavlovich Novikov.... Don Gilet
Getmanov.... Philip Jackson
Nyeudobnov.... Peter Wight
Zhenya Shaposhnikova.... Raquel Cassidy
Nicky.... Simon Bubb
Vershkov.... Stuart Mcloughlin
Galina Terentyevna.... Jane Whittenshaw
Mashuk.... Peter Polycarpou
Zhakharov.... Sean Baker
With Jonathan Forbes, James Lailey, Daniel Rabin and Alun Raglan

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead
Directed by Alison Hindell and Jonquil Panting.

Produced by Alison Hindell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

November, 1942. Novikov, a tank commander, prepares his troops for Operation Uranus, the campaign which is to be the turning point in the Battle of Stalingrad.

On his way to the front, he visits Zhenya, his lover, in Kuibyshev. He dreams of marrying her but she is still torn between him and Krymov. She tells an anecdote about Krymov and Trotsky, a slip of the tongue that leads to betrayal.

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in Vasily Grossman’s epic saga.

Pyotr Pavlovich Novikov.... Don Gilet
Getmanov.... Philip Jackson
Nyeudobnov.... Peter Wight
Zhenya Shaposhnikova.... Raquel Cassidy
Nicky.... Simon Bubb
Vershkov.... Stuart Mcloughlin
Galina Terentyevna.... Jane Whittenshaw
Mashuk.... Peter Polycarpou
Zhakharov.... Sean Baker

Dramatised by Mike Walker

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Directors: Alison Hindell and Jonquil Panting.

Producer: Alison Hindell.

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Vasily Grossman’s huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

10A Hero Of The Soviet Union2011092320191213 (BBC7)
20191214 (BBC7)
November, 1942. Krymov denounces Grekov as an enemy of the state.

After speeches marking the 25th anniversary of the Revolution at which he is cold-shouldered by his colleagues, he slips out to find Stepan Spiridonov at the Central Power Station. He recalls the heady days of 1917 and Lenin's funeral and compares those ideals with the days of the show-trials.

Kenneth Branagh, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Kenneth Cranham, Greta Scacchi and Harriet Walter star Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Nikolai Krymov.... David Tennant
Stepan Spiridonov.... Kenneth Cranham
Pryakhin.... Gerard McDermott
Pavel Andreyev.... Malcolm Tierney
Ogibalov.... Carl Prekopp
Makuladze.... James Lailey

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead.

Translated by Robert Chandler.

Director: Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

David Tennant stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

11Krymov In Moscow2011092320191213 (BBC7)
20191214 (BBC7)
Moscow, Winter 1942. Commissar Nikolai Krymov has been denounced and arrested. He's taken to the dreaded Lubyanka prison in Moscow: a place where, in the past, he has denounced others.

Meanwhile his ex-wife Zhenya arrives in Moscow, to stay with Viktor and Lyuda, and to face the consequences of her actions.

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in Vasily Grossman's epic saga.

Commissar Nikolai Krymov.... David Tennant
Viktor Shtrum.... Kenneth Branagh
Lyuda Shaposhnikova.... Greta Scacchi
Zhenya Shaposhnikova.... Raquel Cassidy
Marya Sokolova.... Harriet Walter
Nadya.... Ellie Kendrick
Katsenelenbogen.... Ewan Bailey
NKVD Interrogator.... Elliot Levey

With Simon Bubb, Elaine Claxton, Jonathan Forbes, James Lailey, Gerard McDermott, Chris Pavlo, Peter Polycarpou, Carl Prekopp, Alun Raglan and Susie Riddell

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Directors: Alison Hindell and Jonquil Panting

Producer: Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Vasily Grossman's huge novel charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

12Fortress Stalingrad2011092420191215 (BBC7)
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As the Russian tanks encircle Stalingrad, the commanders of the German 6th Army realise that the end is in sight but Hitler will not permit a surrender.

Spiridonov abandons the power station to join his daughter, Vera, and her new baby on a barge frozen into the Volga. As the citizens of Stalingrad start to reclaim their wrecked city, the family begin to make plans for the future.

Stepan Spiridonov.... Kenneth Cranham
Vera Spiridonova.... Morven Christie
Pavel Andreyev.... Malcolm Tierney
General Von Paulus.... Matthew Marsh
General Schmidt.... Elliot Cowan
Colonel Adam.... Jonathan Cullen
Lieutenant Peter Bach.... Geoffrey Streatfeild
Sergeant Eisenaug.... Michael Shelford
Zina.... Jessica Raine
Major Byerozkin.... Sam Dale
Alexandra Vladimirovna.... Ann Mitchell
Natalya.... Alison Pettit
Sergeyevna.... Christine Kavanagh
Hitler's Orderly.... David Seddon
Stalin's secretary.... Tony Bell
Petenkoffer.... Lloyd Thomas
Driver.... Jude Akuwudike

Dramatised by Jonathan Myerson.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead.

Director: Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

13Viktor And The Academy2011092520191215 (BBC7)
20191216 (BBC7)
Viktor's scientific breakthrough has not brought him the success he expected. Instead he is gradually ostracised for his 'anti-Soviet' science. He starts to dread the knock at the door.

Zhenya's visit to Moscow brings some distraction but it is Marya in whom he longs to confide.

Conclusion of Vasily Grossman’s epic saga.

Viktor Shtrum.... Kenneth Branagh
Lyuda.... Greta Scacchi
Marya Sokolova.... Harriet Walter
Zhenya.... Raquel Cassidy
Nadya.... Ellie Kendrick
Shishakov.... Jack Shepherd
Boris Badin.... Carl Prekopp
Anna Stepanovna.... Alex Tregear
Markov.... Simon Bubb
Chepyzhin.... James Greene
Vanya.... Gerard McDermott
Stalin.... Philip Madoc

With Elaine Claxton, Jonathan Forbes and James Lailey

Dramatised by Mike Walker.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall.

Translated by Robert Chandler

Director: Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate is a sweeping historical tale that charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested and Grossman was told that it would not be published for at least 200 years. He died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.

Kenneth Branagh stars in Vasily Grossman's epic tale of family and war in Soviet Russia.

Programmes around Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman's two epic wartime novels.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.