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Martin Freeman stars in The Eichmann Show. (BBC2)

Sherlock’s Martin Freeman takes on the hard-hitting role of American TV producer Milton Fruchtman, who fought to televise the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Freeman talked to the RadioTimes about the trial and the importance of making it accessible to the public. “People obviously knew that something truly terrible had happened under the Nazis,” he said, “but maybe it was the first time the scale and breadth had had a human face put on it; the face of the survivors.”

The below trailer gives us a glimpse of what Fruchtman was up against in bringing the trial to light:

Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Frasier) portrays Fruchtman’s colleague Leo Hurwitz, who was a blacklisted TV director at the time of the trial. Freeman and LaPaglia are joined by Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Andy Nyman (Death at a Funeral) and Nicholas Woodeson (Skyfall).

The BBC2’s one-off program will air on January 27, marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

What did you think of the first look? 

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By Brigid Brown