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Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Freeman in 'The Eichmann Show' (Pic: BBC)
Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Freeman in 'The Eichmann Show' (Pic: BBC)
Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Freeman in ‘The Eichmann Show’ (Pic: BBC)

Earlier today, BBC Two’s Twitter feed posted the first picture of Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia from their forthcoming post-war drama The Eichmann Show, a 90-minute dramatic reconstruction of the events surrounding the televising of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961.

It is being made as part of a season of BBC programming to be shown on British screens in January 2015 which marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Martin plays the TV producer Milton Fruchtman, with Anthony taking the role of Leo Hurwitz, a director whose attempts to work had been severely hampered by a blacklisting from Senator McCarthy.

They are joined by Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Andy Nyman (Death at a Funeral) and Nicholas Woodeson (Skyfall).

The Eichmann Show is the story of their efforts to get the trial of one of the most notorious Nazi leaders—and key architect of the holocaust—to TV screens, which they succeeded in doing, broadcasting to 37 countries over the four months of the trial.

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By Fraser McAlpine