Intrigue

Intrigue

By BBC Radio 4

Tunnel 29: Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards.

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Girl Taken - preview

A stolen daughter, a grieving mother and a real life search for the truth. Join BBC Journalist Sue Mitchell and former soldier, Rob Lawrie, in the race to find a little girl taken. Across the world people were presented with what appeared to be a heart-breaking, but straight forward story of a father and his motherless daughter struggling to get to Britain. But behind those headlines lay a far more sinister truth and Sue and Rob discover that the little girl appears to have simply vanished: can they find her in time? Girl Taken is a 10-part podcast from BBC Radio 4.
20/03/202m 50s

Ep10: Tunnel 29 - The Shoes

“I started dancing with Eveline.” A final twist in the final chapter. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1918m 4s

Ep9: Tunnel 29 - The Signal

“If you don’t have a coffee, then bring me a cognac.” Ellen's plan is derailed. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1914m 42s

Ep8: Tunnel 29 - The Messenger

I said "ok, I'll do it”. Ellen, Mimmo's girlfriend, agrees to play a dangerous role. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1914m 8s

Ep7: Tunnel 29 - The Interrogation

“That’s the first time I saw her again.” Wolfdieter's show trial begins. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1916m 51s

Ep6: Tunnel 29 - The Gun

“And then my interrogation began.” The escape operation unravels. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1914m 35s

Ep5: Tunnel 29 - The Trap

“We had no chance to be together.” The diggers hatch a new plan, unaware the Stasi are onto them. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1916m 17s

Ep4: Tunnel 29 - The Death Strip

“If we could hear them, they could hear us.” The diggers reach the terrifying death strip. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1914m 3s

Ep3: Tunnel 29 -The Deal

“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money and make an unlikely alliance. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1915m 3s

Ep2: Tunnel 29 - The Spy

“I choose the codename Fred.” A hairdresser becomes a Stasi spy. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1914m 34s

Ep1: Tunnel 29 - The Escape

“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Translation and additional research: Sabine Schereck Editor: Richard Knight Joachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt #tunnel29
16/10/1919m 0s

Tunnel 29 full-length trailer

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena Merriman Sound design: Eloise Whitmore Editor: Richard Knight #tunnel29
11/10/192m 26s

Tunnel 29 mini-trailer

Introducing the true story of an extraordinary escape.
07/10/1924s

Bonus. The Ratline: Stephen Fry meets Philippe Sands

In a bonus episode of Intrigue: The Ratline, Stephen Fry interviews Philippe Sands in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. They discuss a range of issues brought up by the series including historical responsibility and the nature of evil. Plus as a special extra, there is a full version of The Ratline theme music by Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita.
15/10/1820m 12s

Ep10. The Ratline - Persilschein

Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret. A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. In this episode, Dame Sue Black is incorrectly described as a forensic pathologist. She is a forensic anthropologist. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
08/10/1831m 0s

Ep9. The Ratline - The Lucids

Philippe travels to Albuquerque to meet Tom Lucid Jnr, the son of the CIA agent who recruited Karl Hass, chief source on Project Los Angeles and the man Otto had lunch with on Lake Albano. How much does he know about his father's role in recruiting Nazis and a close relative in Geneva? A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
08/10/1829m 33s

Ep8. The Ratline - Nest of Spies

Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret. A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
01/10/1831m 32s

Ep7. The Ratline - The Nazi Bishop

Philippe accesses the Vatican archives to find out about Otto's protector in Rome, the man who was by his side as he lay dying, Alois Hudal. Hudal's archivist reveals something extraordinary. A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
01/10/1826m 11s

Ep6. The Ratline - The men who murdered Nazis

Otto contracts a strange illness and Charlotte rushes to Rome to be by his side. Philippe talks to an old friend who was working for British intelligence in 1949 and explores who might have been after Otto and why. A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
24/09/1822m 21s

Ep5. The Ratline - La Forza del Destino

Midnight. Rome. 1949. Otto arrives in the eternal city, penniless, homeless, searching for a way out to Argentina. He's also unwittingly found himself in the middle of a battle between East and West. He finds employment and makes a trip out of the city to the countryside. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
24/09/1826m 6s

Ep4. The Ratline - Where's Otto?

The war is over and Otto has disappeared. Whilst his friends are committing suicide or being tried for mass murder Otto has escaped high into the mountains with the help of a young SS soldier. Meanwhile Charlotte is working on getting him out of Austria. A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
21/09/1825m 29s

Ep3. The Ratline - A lot going on in Lemberg

Whilst Charlotte Wachter and her children spend the summer in Zell am See, Otto is in Lemberg overseeing the 'Grosse Aktion' - the mass deportation of Jews to concentration camps. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
21/09/1832m 50s

Ep2. The Ratline - Meet The Wachters

In episode two of the Ratline we meet the Wachters, Otto and Charlotte and chart their ascent to power. Otto's job takes the family to Krakow and on to Galicia, where he makes some dubious decisions, and Horst continues to maintain his father's innocence. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
18/09/1825m 55s

Ep1. The Ratline - Secrets in the Castle

Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. In episode one of this ten part series we travel to a castle outside Vienna to meet an old man who believes his Nazi father was murdered, and a voice from the past offers up clues to how it might have happened. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
18/09/1819m 50s

Welcome to Intrigue: The Ratline

A story of love, denial and a curious death presented by Philippe Sands. Hear the first episode on 18 Sept 2018.
16/08/183m 40s

Ep5. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

The series finale reveals who benefitted from the murder of a British man in China. The continuing true story of death, sex and Chinese elite politics
17/03/1721m 6s

Ep4. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

A spectacular show trial exposes the lavish lifestyle of China’s elite. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.
10/03/1721m 48s

Ep3. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

The action picks up as Neil Heywood arrives in Chongqing, where an "iron-blooded" police chief holds sway. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.
03/03/1718m 36s

Ep2. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

We’ve met the mayor’s wife. Now, meet the mayor, “the main man” who takes this story to the national stage. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.
24/02/1723m 12s

Ep1. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

A true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.
17/02/1722m 50s

Welcome to Intrigue: Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Welcome to this new BBC podcast. The first episode will be published on 17 Feb 2017.
15/02/1731s
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