Radio 4’s Nuremberg: the stories behind the Nazi trial that changed justice forever
Starring Natalie Dormer, Freddie Fox, Kate Phillips, Alex Kingston, Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman and more
"It’s been nearly 75 years since the sentencing. This comprehensive drama recreates an important and world-changing story for listeners, and offers fascinating insights stretching beyond the better-known Nuremberg narratives.” — Alison Hindell
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Germany, May 1945: a surrender, a country in chaos and the top Nazi leaders attempting to slip away. A new drama from Radio 4 follows the race to track down and capture war criminals, the struggle to establish the trial itself, the horrific evidence - and finally the monumental sentencing.
‘Nuremberg' begins as Nazi commanders are arrested and held in a former luxury but now stripped-out Luxembourg hotel. The accused await trial, on suicide watch and at risk of reprisals. The series tracks how the trial was pulled together, wrestling the legal systems of Britain, America, France and Russia. And how it almost never happened, stretched between the desires of Truman, Churchill and Stalin - then almost collapsed.
Listeners will hear the tension of court proceedings as prosecutors scale an overwhelming mountain of evidence. Seized from retreating Nazis, the Navy Archive alone comprised of 485 tons of paper. Testimonies detail the convenient ‘amnesia’ of onetime Deputy Führer, Rudolf Hess, the self-adoring grandiosity of Nazi power figure Hermann Goering, and the tactical repentance from architect Albert Speer. But most importantly of all the first ever hearing of harrowing evidence of the Holocaust, with the trial effectively inventing the word ‘genocide’ to describe crimes inflicted upon Jews, Roma and other minorities.
Written by Jonathan Myerson, the drama tells the story from the lesser-heard perspectives of those amongst thousands of individuals tasked with fighting what became the last battle of World War II - an interpreter, psychologist, reporter, a court officer and others who enabled it to happen.
In order to ensure an authentic reconstruction of events, Myerson and producer Nicholas Newton pored over the 20 volumes of court transcripts, reviewed 2,000 hours of audio and newsreel, and collated contemporary news reports and interviews with participants. The result is a drama crafted with verbatim accuracy.
Alison Hindell, Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction says: “It’s been nearly 75 years since the sentencing, and this comprehensive drama recreates for listeners an important and world-changing story and offers fascinating insights stretching beyond the better-known Nuremberg narratives.”
Rhian Roberts, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Digital and Podcasts, adds: “The Nuremberg podcast, with its additional material, is designed to appeal to listeners who may not be familiar with the story of the trial; to present these phenomenal moments of history in a compelling style so we can all continue to understand how our world was shaped by them.”
The acclaimed cast assembled for Nuremberg includes Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones), Freddie Fox (Cucumber, Banana, White House Farm), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall), Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who), Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), Olivier Award-winner Henry Goodman and more.
Nuremberg is available to audiences both on Radio 4 as an eight-part drama beginning 2.15pm on Friday 27 August, and as an extended 16-part podcast only on BBC Sounds featuring additional detail about what was happening historically. The drama comes ahead of the 75th anniversary of sentencing.
1/8 - Friday 27 August, 2.15pm - 2.45pm
Also available as a 16-part extended podcast, in full on BBC Sounds from 27 August
Sergeant Monelli ….. Elliot Cowan
The Hon. Diana Ravenscourt ….. Kate Phillips
Roger Barrett ….. Luke Norris
Airey Neave ….. Freddie Fox
Tatiana Sablikova ….. Amanda Ryan
Gustav Gilbert ….. Ed Stoppard
Madeleine Jacob ….. Alex Kingston
Emma Schwabenland ….. Natalie Dormer
Hermann Goering ….. Nigel Lindsay
Colonel Andrus ….. Joseph Alessi
Robert H. Jackson ….. Joseph Mydell
Sir Geoffrey Lawrence ….. Nicholas Woodeson
Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe ….. Forbes Masson
Judge Biddle ….. Clive Wood
Iona Nikitchenko ….. Henry Goodman
Anton Freud ….. Mark Edel-Hunt
Judge Parker ….. Nathan Wiley
Robert G. Storey ….. Hari Dhillon
Douglas Kelley ….. Ilan Goodman
Joachim von Ribbentrop ….. Jasper Britton
Wilhelm Keitel ….. Jonathan Cullen
Fred Pelican ….. Andrew Woodall
Christa ….. Rosie Sheehy
Edda Goering ….. Sophia Pettit
Titles ….. Lewis Macleod
Other roles played by members of the cast
Sound designer: Adam Woodhams
Studio Manager: Mark Smith
Casting Director: Ginny Schiller
Original Score: Metaphor Music
Director: Jonathan Myerson
Producer: Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4
Source BBC Radio 4
August 3, 2021 9:09am ET by BBC Radio 4