A British college professor, working in Russia, investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
R.J. O'Brian
Vladimir Mamantov
Frank Adelman
Josef Stalin
Anna Gerasimova ...
Claudia Harrison ...
Kaspars Zvigulis ...
Young Papu Rapava
Valery Chernyak ...
Aurelija Anuzhite ...
Ziedonis Lochmelis ...
Jakov Rafalson ...
Moscow Official (as Yakov Rafalson)


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 Christopher Hall

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5 January 2006 (Estonia)  »

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Arcángel  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Icon Productions originally held the film rights to the novel, with intentions to develop it as a Mel Gibson vehicle for the big screen. See more »


Kelso states that Arkhangelsk was founded by Peter the Great, but Arkhangelsk was founded no later than 1584, almost a century before Peter was even born. See more »


Fluke Kelso: [quoting Stalin] To choose one's victims, to prepare one's plans minutely, to slate an implacable vengeance, then go to bed - there is nothing sweeter in the world.
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Better Than You Think
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This BBC series is actually a fine portrayal of the historical intrigues and factual discrepancies that surround the Stalinist era. To many students of history the story told about the end of Stalin's life has been officially tailored for minimum controversy. This series piques the conspiracy fanatic to see beyond the need for popular 007-esque shoot-em-up scenes from Daniel Craig, and delves more fully into the cultural dissonance and still-oppressed lifestyles in today's Russia. It takes the more informed audience to see that the story challenges a western viewer to understand life in today's Russia. To realize the present generational conflict among both anti- and pro-soviet era senior citizens and the contemporary Russian society who are trying to justify the need for genuine freedom, even if to understand mistakes of the past.

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