A tale of love, betrayal and espionage as the political alliances forged during the Second World War give way to the moral uncertainties of the Cold War. Marian Sutro is a highly successful British SOE operative working with the French Resistance. Then she is betrayed and imprisoned in Ravensbrück by the Nazis. Returning to England a broken woman, she attempts to immerse herself in a normal life with a mundane job in London. However, the lure of the secret service and her desire to work for the greater good is never far away. As the Americans test ever more deadly atomic weapons and the Russians join the frantic race to match them, Marian finds herself in demand by all sides with no one moral compass to guide her. She must walk an increasingly precarious tightrope between her beliefs, her profession and her desires.

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 24th August-4th September 2015 at 22:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Simon Mawer
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Peter Firth
Broadcast Assistants: Holly Slater & Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer: Rosalynd Ward
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op.35: 2 Lento by Peter Masseurs, Riccardo Chailly, Ronald Brautigam & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F, Op 102. II Andante by Cristina Ortiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Ashlenazy

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