Reading Europe - Poland - Entanglement

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Crime thriller set in Warsaw. Family secrets and modern politics mesh in a murder mystery.

Radio 4 continues its journey across Europe exploring the best contemporary literature. In this hugely successful Polish crime thriller, a long suffering State Prosecutor finds himself trapped in a post-Communist limbo land of half-truths and secrets. Will he prove himself to be a redoubtable seeker of the truth or will he compromise? A perplexing murder reveals tantalising glimpses of links to the old regime.

Part 1: The Reflection Room

When Henryk Telak is found dead with a meat skewer in his eye during a Family Constellation Therapy weekend, State Prosecutor Szacki and his police colleague Olga, Kuzniecow, have to work together to deduce who killed the man and why. An apparent total absence of motive is compounded when attractive young news reporter Monika Grezlka, shows a more than professional interest in Szacki.

The writer Zygmunt Miloszewski is a leading Polish writer. The Teodor Szacki series is a best seller in Poland. Antonia Lloyd Jones is an award winning translator of Polish fiction and chair of the Translators Association. Dramatised for radio by the writer, critic and journalist, Mark Lawson.

About Reading Europe:

Europe is central to our lives - we go on holiday to Europe, we do business in Europe, we watch in amazement as the various states try to grapple with migration in Europe. Over the next year or so we will be engaged in the debate as to whether or not we stay in Europe. But how much do we know this continent's countries and, in particular, how much do we know about what they're reading?

Over the course of two years, Reading Europe will travel from Calais to Istanbul. Through dramatisations, readings and essays, Reading Europe and Front Row will explore what Europe is writing, publishing and reading - and why.

Cast:

Teodor Szacki....Bryan Dick

Olga Kuzniecow....Christine Bottomley

Cezary Rudzki....David Crellin

Monika Grzelka/

Hanna Kwiatowska....Rachel Austin

Barbara Jarczyk/

radio news reader....Alexandra Mathie

Euzebius Kaim....Dermot Daly

Henryk Telak/

Father Pazcek....Glenn Cunningham

Written by Zygmunt Miloszewski

Translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones

Dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson

Warsaw backgrounds: Zofia Morus

Polish language advisor: Richard Abel

Sound design: Eloise Whitmore

Producer/director: Polly Thomas

Executive Producer: Joby Waldman

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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Radio 4 continues its journey across Europe exploring the best contemporary literature. In this hugely successful Polish crime thriller, a long suffering State Prosecutor finds himself trapped in a posst-Communist limbo land of half-truths and secrets. Will he prove himself to be a redoubtable seeker of the truth or will he compromise? A perplexing murder reveals tantalising glimpses of links to the old regime.

Part 2: Antigone in Warsaw

Szacki struggles with his burgeoning feelings for attractive journalist Monika Grzelka and the increasingly complex background of the murder victim. The final clues fall into place when he stages his own Family Constellation Therapy session with all the suspects.

The writer Zygmunt Miloszewski is a leading Polish writer. The Teodor Szacki series is a best seller in Poland. Antonia Lloyd Jones is an award winning translator of Polish fiction and chair of the Translators Association. Dramatised for radio by the writer, critic and journalist, Mark Lawson.

About Reading Europe:

Europe is central to our lives - we go on holiday to Europe, we do business in Europe, we watch in amazement as the various states try to grapple with migration in Europe. Over the next year or so we will be engaged in the debate as to whether or not we stay in Europe. But how much do we know this continent's countries and, in particular, how much do we know about what they're reading?

Over the course of two years, Reading Europe will travel from Calais to Istanbul. Through dramatisations, readings and essays, Reading Europe and Front Row will explore what Europe is writing, publishing and reading - and why.

Written by Zygmunt Miloszewski

Translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones

Dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson

Warsaw backgrounds: Zofia Morus

Polish language advisor: Richard Abel

Sound design: Eloise Whitmore

Producer/director: Polly Thomas

Executive Producer: Joby Waldman

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Szacki struggles with his burgeoning feelings for attractive journalist Monika Grzelka.