Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever. Written by
Stalin had two sons, one of whom, Yakov, died in German captivity during the war, the other, Vasilii died of alcoholism in 1962. Yakov's son Evgenii has tried to carry the family torch, much as "Joseph" in the film, with little success. The conceit of the film might be based on the discovery in 2001 of another Stalin grandson, whose father was conceived during Stalin's exile in Siberia before the revolution. See more »
After Kelso is released from the police station he is given a ride by the Russian intelligence. You can clearly see that he is getting into black BMW 5 series (e-39) but in the next shot he is getting out from a black BMW 7 series (e-38). See more »
Just thinking that it would be some good casual watching, I settled down to this two part drama on BBC 1 in 2005. Initially I didn't expect much but soon I discovered that this low profile production was actually one of the best dramas that I have seen. Set heavily in Russia, the film actually is acted by many Russian actors/actresses in real life. My overall impression was that a lot of time, thought and effort had been put into the production making an excellent final product. Not only was the acting good but also the storyline, scenery and directing. I give the TV-film and overall rating of 10/10 (and believe me, I don't give that rating lightly - in fact, I think it is the first time I have ever given such a high rating for anything on IMDb). I think that the only disappointing thing about the film was the fact that it was not released in the cinema.
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