BBC Two has announced further casting for The Eichmann Show, a film about the televising of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the key architects of the Holocaust.
Alongside Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia the 90-minute drama also features Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman and Nicholas Woodeson. Martin Freeman plays groundbreaking producer Milton Fruchtman, while Anthony LaPaglia plays Leo Hurwitz, a TV director who had been black listed under McCarthy. Together they overcame enormous obstacles to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis.
“I’ve been fascinated by this event for some time, and to view it through the lens of the men who enabled the world to see it had never occurred to me. The script is smart and dramatic and Paul Andrew Williams is a director I’ve long admired,” – Martin Freeman.
Rebecca Front will play Mrs Landau, the proprietor of a small hotel Leo Hurwitz stayed at while in Israel, and Andy Nyman will play David Landor, the Head of the Israeli Government Press Office. Nicholas Woodeson will play Yaakov – one of the four cameramen who worked on the Eichmann trial and himself a concentration camp survivor. The feature film will also include archive footage from the actual trail.
“The Eichmann Show will screen as part of the BBC’s plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, and we’re thrilled to have such a strong cast on board to tell the extraordinary story of how Eichmann’s trial was televised,”- Martin Davidson, BBC Head of Commissioning, History & Business.
Described as the ‘trial of the century’, the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel was shown on TV in 37 countries over four months and was the first time the horror of the death camps had been heard live from the mouths of its victims.Eighty per cent of the German population watched at least an hour a week, it went out daily across all three US networks, and people fainted when they saw it. The trial became the world’s first ever global TV event, and this film tells the behind-the-scenes story of the production team that masterminded it.
The Eichmann Show will air on BBC Two in early 2015 as part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.