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In 1908, the Russian Foreign Minister Isvolsky has his mind set on conquering the Dardanelles from the Turks, as the Dardanelles is the only way for the Russian fleet to pass from the Black... See full summary »

Director:

Rudolph Cartier

Writers:

John Elliot (creator), Jack Pulman

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Tsarina Alexandra
Charles Kay ... Tsar Nicholas II
Laurence Naismith ... Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
Barry Foster ... Willy
Peter Vaughan ... Izvolsky
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Edward VII of England
John Bennett ... Georges Clemenceau
John Moffatt ... Aehrenthal
Frank Middlemass ... Stolypin
Andrew Keir ... Wickham Steed
Peter Dyneley ... Von Bulow
Shirley Dixon ... Mme Isvolsky
Tom Criddle Tom Criddle ... Sir Edward Grey
Ed Devereaux ... Purtales
Haydn Wood Haydn Wood ... Officer
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Storyline

In 1908, the Russian Foreign Minister Isvolsky has his mind set on conquering the Dardanelles from the Turks, as the Dardanelles is the only way for the Russian fleet to pass from the Black Sea into the Mediterranean in case of a great war. He knows, however, that both Germany and Austria-Hungary have got important interests in the Balkans and would regard such a venture as a great threat to their respective empires. In order to stop Austria getting in the way, Isvolsky makes a secret agreement with Austrian Foreign Minister Aehrenthal which states that Austria gets an unopposed annexation of the small country of Bosnia-Herzegovina in exchange for their assent to Russia claiming the Dardanelles. Unbeknownst to everyone, the future battle lines of Europe have just been drawn. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | History

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1974 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Set in 1908, there is a map of Europe on the wall which shows Alsace-Lorraine as still French, even though it became German in 1871. See more »

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