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The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 38 of 41)

Bill Paterson ... Jack Lithgow (6 episodes, 1989)

Lindsay Duncan ... Helen Rosshalde (6 episodes, 1989)
Fritz Müller-Scherz ... Ulli (6 episodes, 1989)
Jamal Shah ... Fazal (6 episodes, 1989)
Talat Hussain ... Tariq Butt (6 episodes, 1989)
Vincenzo Benestante ... Domenquez (6 episodes, 1989)
George Kukura ... Karl Rosshalde / ... (5 episodes, 1989)
Ismat Shah Jahan ... Sabira (5 episodes, 1989)
Raahi Raza ... Khushal (5 episodes, 1989)
Roohi Raza ... Naseem (5 episodes, 1989)

Julia Ormond ... Caroline Lithgow (4 episodes, 1989)

Linda Bassett ... Rachel Lithgow (4 episodes, 1989)
Peter Bourke ... Henderson (4 episodes, 1989)
Tilo Prückner ... Dieter (4 episodes, 1989)
Peter Lakenmacher ... Ledesert (4 episodes, 1989)
Faryal Gohar ... Roomana (4 episodes, 1989)
Shelley Goldfarb ... Lisa (4 episodes, 1989)
Regina Pressler ... Public Prosecutor (4 episodes, 1989)
Tony Mathews ... Wallace (3 episodes, 1989)

Ronan Vibert ... Lee (3 episodes, 1989)
Rahat Kazmi ... Dilshad (3 episodes, 1989)
Sarah Mortimer ... Margaret (3 episodes, 1989)
Jennifer Susan Hibbert ... Lotte (3 episodes, 1989)
Anthony Pfriem ... Johann (3 episodes, 1989)
Wolfgang Rau ... Werner (3 episodes, 1989)

Utz Richter ... Presiding Judge (3 episodes, 1989)
Shabaz Durrani ... Lal / ... (3 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Docker-Drysdale ... Lynch (2 episodes, 1989)
Michael Bertenshaw ... Tyler (2 episodes, 1989)
Philip Middlemiss ... Tony (2 episodes, 1989)
Sharron Bower ... Doctor (2 episodes, 1989)
Behroze Sabzwari ... Ghani (2 episodes, 1989)
Willy Bartelsen (2 episodes, 1989)
Alex Leppard (2 episodes, 1989)
Holger Mahlich ... Prulager (2 episodes, 1989)
Bernard Adena ... Captain (2 episodes, 1989)
Werner Schwuchow ... Kilmer (2 episodes, 1989)
Saquib Sheikh (2 episodes, 1989)

Series Directed by
Alastair Reid (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
Simon Moore (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Christabel Albery .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1989)
Brian Eastman .... producer (6 episodes, 1989)

Peter Ansorge .... commissioning editor (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Tim Souster (1 episode, 1989)
Series Cinematography by
Clive Tickner (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
Jon Gregory (6 episodes, 1989)
Andrew McClelland (3 episodes, 1989)
Neil Thomson (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Casting by
Di Carling (unknown episodes)
Bettina Förg (unknown episodes)
Anne Henderson (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Martyn Hebert (5 episodes, 1989)
Hans Zillmann (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Art Direction by
Julie Philpott (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Philippe Pickford (unknown episodes)
Amy Roberts (unknown episodes)
Regina Troester (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Derrick Bosch .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1989)
Erich L. Schmekel .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1989)
Maureen Stephenson .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1989)

Carole Bennett .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Ingeborg Menschik .... makeup artist: Germany (unknown episodes)
Carolyn Tyrer .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Ted Morley .... production manager (3 episodes, 1989)

Mick Danilow .... assistant production manager: Germany (unknown episodes)
Andreas Grosch .... production manager: Germany (unknown episodes)
Birgit Köhncke .... assistant production manager: Germany (unknown episodes)
Arno Ortmair .... production supervisor: Germany (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Needham .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)

Asad Qureshi .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist (1 episode, 1989)

Gillie Delap .... property buyer: Britain (unknown episodes)
Barry Gibbs .... property master: Britain (unknown episodes)
Uta Hampel .... assistant production designer: Germany (unknown episodes)
Darryl Paterson .... stand-by propsman (unknown episodes)
Hans-Jürgen Reiner .... property master: Germany (unknown episodes)
Andrew Rothschild .... assistant art director: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Andreas Rudolph .... assistant production designer: Germany (unknown episodes)
Julie Sheppard .... assistant art director: Britain (unknown episodes)
Jane Tomblin .... assistant art director: Britain (unknown episodes)
Steve Wheeler .... property master: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Paul Williamson .... property master: Britain (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1989)
Martin Trevis .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1989)
Ken Weston .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1989)

Michelle Atkins .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Child .... sound editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
Graham Harris .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Billy McCarthy .... sound recordist: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
David Old .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Günther Schaidt .... special effects: Germany (unknown episodes)
Barry Whitrod .... special effects technician: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Peter Hick .... stunts: Germany (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Maskall .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1989)
Martin Bloye .... electrician (2 episodes, 1989)
Steve Costello .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1989)
Chris Mortley .... electrician (2 episodes, 1989)
Alan Rank .... grip (2 episodes, 1989)
George Vince .... best boy (2 episodes, 1989)

Toby Corney .... still photographer: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Günther Damm .... gaffer: Germany (unknown episodes)
Sönke Hansen .... assistant camera: Germany (unknown episodes)
Richard Harris .... rigger: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Shane O'Neill .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Mickey Peerless .... electrician: Britain (unknown episodes)
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Daniel Witt .... key grip: Germany (unknown episodes)
Karl Zepernick .... gaffer: Germany (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Di Carling .... casting (4 episodes, 1989)
Bettina Förg .... casting (4 episodes, 1989)
Anne Henderson .... casting (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philippe Pickford .... costumer (2 episodes, 1989)
Regina Troester .... costumer (2 episodes, 1989)

Michael McGarrigle .... wardrobe master: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Barbara Winter .... assistant costume designer: Germany (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Nick Cory Wright .... assistant editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
David Gamble .... assistant editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
Andrew MacRitchie .... assistant editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
Paul Topping .... assistant editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
Jackie Vance .... assistant editor: Britain (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Kevin De La Noy .... location manager: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager: Britain (unknown episodes)
Angus More Gordon .... location manager: Britain (unknown episodes)
Sabine Schild .... location manager: Germany (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Paul Golding .... assistant music scoring engineer (6 episodes, 1989)

Fiachra Trench .... music arranger (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Joe Drinkeld .... transportation coordinator: Britain (unknown episodes)
Brian Hathaway .... transportation coordinator: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Heather Storr .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1989)

Rafiq Abdullah .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Bakhtiar Ahmad .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Shirin Akbar .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Craig Barwick .... accountant (unknown episodes)
Mike Bluett .... production assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Lisa Blundell .... production assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey Broom .... accountant (unknown episodes)
Ray Buckley .... production accountant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Mehr Elahi .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Mushtaq Gazdar .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Marilyn Goldsworthy .... assistant accountant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Johanna Haase-Mirza .... production assistant: Germany (unknown episodes)
Becky Harris .... production assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Bárbara Herbrandt .... production assistant: Germany (unknown episodes)
Sarah Hill .... production assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Farooq Khan .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Jehangir Khan .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Zafar Masud Khan .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Kamran Khawaja .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Leila Kirkpatrick .... production coordinator: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Uli Lange .... production assistant: Germany (unknown episodes)
Siobhan McGee .... production assistant: Britain (unknown episodes)
Martin Milman .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Nader Nanjiani .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Asad Qureshi .... production runner: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Andreas Schneppe .... production assistant: Germany (unknown episodes)
Renate Seefeldt .... accountant (unknown episodes)
Janie Soomro .... production assistant: Pakistan (unknown episodes)
Roland Thalay .... production assistant: Germany (unknown episodes)
Faye Villalba .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Anne Whitehouse .... researcher (unknown episodes)

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315 min | USA:50 min (6 episodes)
Australia:MA15+ (episodes 1-3) | Australia:R18+ (episodes 4-6) | New Zealand:R16 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Superb TV series - on par with edge of darkness, 28 August 2004
Author: hope less from hell

If you've not seen this then look out for it. It is available on DVD. It is a channel 4 (uk) production, possibly, in conjunction with German and danish TV. If you've seen the film it is basically the same plot. Several interleaved stories are connected through the drugs trade. The story jumps between the housewife (played by the excellent Lyndsay Duncan) trying to complete a deal on behalf of her husband, who to her surprise is an international drugs dealer (and generally dangerous man).

A minister, who is embedded in his job to the detriment of his family, is investigating the whole state of affairs with international drugs trafficking. He gets a few eye openers to the reality of heroin when his daughter turns out to have a 'problem'. He then visit Pakistan, officially, where he seems to be taught that the abuse (not simply the drug or its casual use) is the problem and also gets to sample some produce (an excellent scene where he simultaneously realises what the attraction is and why it is and why it is such a problem). In Pakistan we get to see the other side. The desperation of farmers who can barely survive turning to opium production and crime lords. The pointless attempts at subsidy resulting in the system getting rich. And a country so drenched in drugs yet only a relative fraction of the abuse we have in the west. Around all this a customs official/interpol agent tries to catch the 'dutch' connection in heroin smuggling. Seeking justice for his murdered partner. This really is a masterpiece. Super, understated performances from all the main actors in a way only European cinema can really do.

A must see. Especially if you have seen the film, they compliment each other abd present some subtly different opinions/attitudes from both sides of the pond.

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