Tuesday, 2 February 2010


[9.00 - French Time] Read on The Guardian website. David Tennant plays rebel UK diplomat Craig Murray in a radio play adaptation of Murray's book Murder in Samarkand.

Craig Murray is a former British ambassador who exposed torture in Uzbekistan. He was sacked by the Foreign Office in 2004. The adaptation is from playwright David Hare and was originally for the big screen with Michael Winterbottom as director and Steve Coogan starring as Murray But the movie project floundered and Hare offered to adapt his script for radio (http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/feb/02/david-tennant-samarkand-radio-4).

In 2006, Craig Murray and his story inspired the character of disgraced ambassador James Sinclair (played with great subtlety by Alex Jennings) in the BBC series The State Within. The radio adaptation of Murder in Samarkand with David Tennant will air February 20 on Radio 4.


See also:

http://thierryattard.blogspot.com/2009/05/affaires-detats-koba-films-video.html (In French)

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