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Spies of Warsaw 

A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

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Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Jean-François Mercier / ... 4 episodes, 2013
Janet Montgomery ...  Anna Skarbek 4 episodes, 2013
Marcin Dorocinski ...  Antoni Pakulski 4 episodes, 2013
Miroslaw Zbrojewicz ...  Marek 4 episodes, 2013
Burn Gorman ...  Jourdain 4 episodes, 2013
Radoslaw Kaim ...  August Voss 4 episodes, 2013
Linda Bassett ...  Malka Rosen 4 episodes, 2013
Anton Lesser ...  Doctor Lapp 4 episodes, 2013
Jan Pohl ...  Zoller 4 episodes, 2013
Richard Lintern ...  Colonel Lessard / ... 4 episodes, 2013
Julian Glover ...  General Beauvilliers 4 episodes, 2013
Fenella Woolgar ...  Lady Angela Hope 4 episodes, 2013
Tuppence Middleton ...  Gabrielle 4 episodes, 2013
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ...  Helena Skarbek 4 episodes, 2013
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ...  Madame Dupin 3 episodes, 2013
Allan Corduner ...  Viktor Rosen 3 episodes, 2013
Piotr Baumann Piotr Baumann ...  Maxim Mostov / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Richard Teverson ...  Roddy Fitzware 3 episodes, 2013
Alan Corduner Alan Corduner ...  Viktor Rosen / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Dan Fredenburgh ...  Armand 3 episodes, 2013
Ziggy Heath ...  Kazimir 3 episodes, 2013
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis ...  Fernand 3 episodes, 2013
Gregg Lowe ...  Young German Soldier 2 episodes, 2013
Grazyna Zielinska Grazyna Zielinska ...  Wladzia 2 episodes, 2013
Grzegorz Emanuel ...  Weasel 2 episodes, 2013
Nicholas Blane ...  Papa Heiniger / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Mel Giedroyc ...  Trudi 2 episodes, 2013
Adam Godley ...  Halbach / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Julian Harris Julian Harris ...  Duff Cooper 2 episodes, 2013
Karol Kijanowski Karol Kijanowski ...  Franz 2 episodes, 2013
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ...  Leszek 2 episodes, 2013
Sonia Mietielica ...  Gypsy Girl 2 episodes, 2013
Nicholas Murchie Nicholas Murchie ...  Elter / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Andrew Sachs ...  Herschenson 2 episodes, 2013
Sebastian Stegmann ...  SS sergeant / ... 2 episodes, 2013


A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

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English | German | French

Release Date:

3 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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16:9 HD
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As Jean-Francois is being abducted from the cemetery, Marek runs outside, draws his pistol, then lowers the pistol to chamber a round. The sound of the bolt chambering a round can be heard. However, Marek had just shot the hostile agent who was following Jean-Francois. So the pistol would have already had a round in the chamber. See more »

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Spies of Warsaw (BBC Four) - Review
22 January 2013 | by mail-479-241123See all my reviews

Spies of Warsaw (BBC Four) was probably meant for BBC1, but then someone at the BBC sat down and watched it.

As we know, it's not currently very fashionable for BBC executives to take an interest in BBC programmes, but on this occasion it's just as well one of them looked at it before making the mistake of showing it to a larger audience.

Adapted by the usually brilliant Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais from a novel by Alan Furst, the first episode was actually only about ninety minutes long. It felt, however, like it was on the air for about 12 weeks.

Even in the first ten minutes one could have timed the action by calendar. Sorry, did I use the word, "action"? Slip of the pen. At one point, near the end of the episode, I found myself asking the question, "Is this still on?"

It's difficult to say what happened, the plot being revealed at such a painfully leisurely pace.

The gist of it appeared to be that David Tennant – a French spy in bright red pantaloons with stripes down the side – fell very slowly in love with Janet Montgomery, the mistress of a dull, whiskered Russian exile.

Then we were very slowly introduced to a mysterious Countess, who very slowly turned out not to be a Countess, and was then very slowly strangled by some Nazis.

Oh, there was a brasserie with a bullet-hole in the mirror above table 14. I think this might have been significant in some way. Or maybe it wasn't.

There was certainly great attention to period detail, which helped to slow down the action even more. Then there was the usual confusion when it came to who should speak with which accent. The Nazis spoke in German with subtitles in English. The Polish spoke English with Polish accents. The French spoke English with 'Allo 'Allo accents. Everyone spoke very, very, slowly indeed.

Tennant was wasted as the enigmatic, complex and conflicted Mercier. He doesn't really do enigmatic and complex, does he? He does quirky and eccentric. About twenty minutes in, he had a stab at being deep and conflicted, but all we really wanted was to see him whip out his sonic screwdriver and pull one of his funny faces.

Did I mention that it was quite slow? I still have episode two of Spies of Warsaw on my TIVO. I think it's going to be there for a very, very long time.

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