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01An Island Of Stability2019013020190203 (WS)Something is coming. Can America's friendship with Iran survive? #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

In a new nine-part drama podcast and radio series, Fall Of The Shah tracks the downfall of the Shah of Iran in the late 1970s and the rise of a forceful new Islamic Republic.

Launching at the time of the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, this visceral epic drama is seen from a range of vantage points: within the Shah’s royal circle; in the torturers’ prison; on the bloody streets of Tehran; at the heart of Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary leadership; in the confused reactions within the American Embassy - and in the White House itself.

Fall Of The Shah is a thrilling and panoramic account of a revolution whose effects still reverberate around the world.

It is created by the acclaimed writer Steve Waters and award-winning producer Marc Beeby for BBC World Service.

The thrilling story of the Iranian Revolution in the streets and palaces of a fiery Tehran

We track the collapse of the Shah of Iran and the rise of a forceful new Islamic Republic

02Black Friday2019020620190210 (WS)Protesters take to the streets. The Shah mobilises his army. #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

03An Audience With The Ayatollah2019021320190217 (WS)The man behind the protests. #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

04No Instructions2019022020190224 (WS)The Shah asks for help from the US, but they have problems of their own. #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

05A Passion Play2019022720190303 (WS)The Americans are arguing with themselves. Should the US support the Shah? #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

06Shah Raft2019030620190310 (WS)The Shah is forced to quit Iran to make way for the new prime minister #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

07The Return Of The Hidden Imam2019031320190317 (WS)Millions gather in the streets to welcome the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

08The Collapse2019032020190324 (WS)Protesters surround the US Embassy #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago

09God's Government2019032720190331 (WS)Enemies are put on trial as Ayatollah Khomeini consolidates his power #FalloftheShah

The revolution that shook the world. A drama based on real events in Iran 40 years ago