The first preview clip from the new David Tennant drama Spies Of Warsaw is now available on the BBC website. In the clip, set in 1937, old Bolshievik Victor Rozen (Alan Corduner) fears for his life as the purges of Stalin reach Warsaw. The gallant Colonel Mercier (David Tennant) comes to his rescue. Watch the clip below (UK only)
Spies Of Warsaw
Spies Of Warsaw is a thrilling spy story set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield.
At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (Tennant), a decorated war hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.
At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Montgomery), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations. Their complicated love affair intensifies as German tanks drive through the Black Forest.
Spies of Warsaw will be shown on BBC Four in two 90 minute parts, the first on Wednesday 9th January at 9pm.
Episode 1 details
A German engineer arrives in Warsaw. Tonight he will be with his Polish mistress, tomorrow at a workers bar in the city’s factory district to meet with Colonel Mercier in a backstreet cafe. Information is exchanged for money.
Mercier loathes the niceties of ambassadorial lunches, cocktail parties and banquets of a world not yet at war, but one in which the drums of war can be heard ever more insistently in the background. However, they take on an altogether more interesting dimension when he meets the enigmatic and beautiful Anna Skarbek.
While secretly observing panzer exercises in the Black Forest, Mercier sees a simple trick performed with a length of pipe strapped across a car and draws his own conclusions about exactly what it is the Germans are planning.
When the Nazis find out what he’s been doing, his own life becomes their target.