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The Petrov Affair 

The defection of Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov in Canberra in 1954 .








Series cast summary:
Alex Menglet ...  Vladimir Petrov 2 episodes, 1987
Eva Sitteová ...  Evdokia Petrov 2 episodes, 1987
Simon Chilvers ...  H.V. Evatt 2 episodes, 1987
Slawomir Wabik Slawomir Wabik ...  Dr. Michael Bialoguski 2 episodes, 1987
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ...  Mr. Kislytsin 2 episodes, 1987
Josef Drewniak Josef Drewniak ...  Ambassador Generalov 2 episodes, 1987
Anatole Afanastev Anatole Afanastev ...  Ambassador Lifanov 2 episodes, 1987
Dalibor Satalic Dalibor Satalic ...  Mr. Kovaliev 2 episodes, 1987
Maciek Maciek ...  Kovalenok 2 episodes, 1987
Ilya Bordman Ilya Bordman ...  Mr. Golovanov 2 episodes, 1987
Nickolai Grigorovitch Nickolai Grigorovitch ...  Zharkov 2 episodes, 1987
Leonid Gelbak Leonid Gelbak ...  Karpinkey 2 episodes, 1987
Lucy Uralov Lucy Uralov ...  Mrs. Lifanov 2 episodes, 1987
Melita Jurisic ...  Nina Morozov 2 episodes, 1987
Wyn Roberts ...  Brigadier Spry 2 episodes, 1987
Roy Baldwin Roy Baldwin ...  Patterson 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Black Peter Black ...  North 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell ...  West 2 episodes, 1987
Victor Kazan Victor Kazan ...  Cambridge 2 episodes, 1987
Kim Gyngell 2 episodes, 1987
Ellen Cressey Ellen Cressey ...  Joan Moss 2 episodes, 1987
Marion Edward ...  Mrs. Munro 2 episodes, 1987
Jack Mobbs Jack Mobbs ...  Evatt's Driver 2 episodes, 1987
James Condon James Condon ...  Robert Menzies 2 episodes, 1987
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ...  Eddie Ward 2 episodes, 1987
Brian Moll Brian Moll ...  Billy Wentworth 2 episodes, 1987
Douglas Hedge Douglas Hedge ...  Arthur Caldwell 2 episodes, 1987
Bruce Knappett Bruce Knappett ...  Fred Daly 2 episodes, 1987
Ron Pinnell Ron Pinnell ...  Alan Dalziel 2 episodes, 1987
David Clisby David Clisby ...  Yeend 2 episodes, 1987
Roger Selleck Roger Selleck ...  Grundeman 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Sommerfeld Peter Sommerfeld ...  Bourke 2 episodes, 1987
Colwyn Roberts Colwyn Roberts ...  Keon 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Meldrum Robert Meldrum ...  Ted Hill 2 episodes, 1987
Kirk Alexander Kirk Alexander ...  Windeyer 2 episodes, 1987
Malcolm Robertson Malcolm Robertson ...  Justice Owen 2 episodes, 1987
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ...  Justice Ligertwood 2 episodes, 1987
Basil Hull Basil Hull ...  Justice Philip 2 episodes, 1987
Denis Moore Denis Moore ...  Rupert Lockwood 2 episodes, 1987
Bill Fox Bill Fox ...  Fergen O'Sullivan 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ...  Alan Reid 2 episodes, 1987
William Zappa William Zappa ...  Truth Reporter 2 episodes, 1987
Christine Kaman Christine Kaman ...  Marie Ollier 2 episodes, 1987
Geneviève Picot ...  Joyce Bull 2 episodes, 1987
John Heywood John Heywood ...  Leydin 2 episodes, 1987
Bill Stacey Bill Stacey ...  Edmunds 2 episodes, 1987
Eve Godly Eve Godly ...  Mrs. Clarke 2 episodes, 1987
William Johnson William Johnson ...  Mr. Clarke 2 episodes, 1987


The defection of Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov in Canberra in 1954 .

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Obscure 80s Mini-Series
22 December 2005 | by Crap_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

Australia produced a string of classic mini-series in the 1980s. "Bangkok Hilton", "Bodyline", "Harp In The South", "Nancy Wake" and "Vietnam" all come to mind. "The Petrov Affair" doesn't match up to any of the above mentioned titles but it's not a complete write off either.

This film examines the events surrounding Vladimir Petrov's application for political asylum in Australia in the 1950s. Petrov was a Soviet spy who was posted to Canberra with his wife, Evdokia. When Stalin died, Petrov and his wife fell out of favour with Moscow and they were ordered to return home by the new Ambassador. Petrov, fearing the reception he would receive, decided to defect and on ASIO's demand, brought along a stash of secret documents. The contents of these documents resulted in an infamous royal commission and for all intents and purposes, influenced an electoral result.

"The Petrov Affair" really bites off more than it can chew. The film tries to cover too much and the end result feels hurried and incohesive. Some of the acting leaves a lot to be desired, with some hilariously bad Russian accents on display. Luckily, the filmmakers had the good sense to use the Russian born actor, Alex Menglet for Petrov. I thought his performance was quite convincing. Eva Sitta does reasonably well as Evdokia Petrov, but is hampered by a poor script which reduces her role to being a whiny communist housewife.

By far the most interesting scenes involve Evdokia's "rescue" from KGB agents at Darwin airport and the steady deterioration of the Petrov's marriage. The scenes involving political intrigue, however, are contrived and utterly boring. I would really only recommend this film to people who are interested in the events upon which it is based. Everyone else will find it difficult to muster enough enthusiasm to sit through the film's 180 minutes.

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27 May 1987 (Australia) See more »

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Ypothesi Petrov See more »

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