9 episodes

The story of how in just 13 years, Hitler led a fringe sect with less than a hundred members and outlandish ideas to be the dominant force in German politics.

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The story of how in just 13 years, Hitler led a fringe sect with less than a hundred members and outlandish ideas to be the dominant force in German politics.

    8. The Big Lie

    8. The Big Lie

    Released after just six months in prison, Hitler must now renounce violence and vow that the Nazi Party will seek power through the ballot box. But his speeches are still vitriolic and he is soon banned from public speaking again. Goebbels is drawn deeper into the party faction who advocate the Socialist in ‘National Socialist’ but how will he react when Hitler personally writes to him, seeking to bring him closer to his own standpoint? And will it mean the end of his relationship with Else?

    Starring Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Joseph Alessi as Gregor Strasser, leader of the Nazis’ Socialist faction.

    Cast:
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL
    Otto von Lossow - NICHOLAS FARRELL
    Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Else Janke - SORCHA KENNEDY
    Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER
    General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL
    Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY,
    FORBES MASSON and MICHAEL MALONEY
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 26 min
    7. Write the Bitterness Out of Your Soul

    7. Write the Bitterness Out of Your Soul

    Far away in the Rhineland, 26-year-old Joseph Goebbels has a PhD, an unpublished novel and a half-Jewish girlfriend, Else Janke. But he finds himself drawn to the Nazi Party and Hitler’s rhetoric. Every day in his diary (undiscovered until this century) he records his excitement as he reads about Hitler defending himself – the latter is now on trial in Munich for his totally unsuccessful coup. Given free rein by a clearly sympathetic judge, Hitler is fast turning the courtroom into his own bully pulpit.

    Starring Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Sorcha Kennedy as Else

    Cast:
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL
    Otto von Lossow - NICHOLAS FARRELL
    Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Else Janke - SORCHA KENNEDY
    Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER
    General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL
    Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY,
    FORBES MASSON and MICHAEL MALONEY
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 24 min
    6. The National Dictatorship is Here!

    6. The National Dictatorship is Here!

    In what became known as the Beer Hall Putsch, the Nazis seize power in Munich, now intending to march on Berlin and announce a national dictatorship led by Hitler. But first they must take control of all the police forces and the infantry barracks, and it’s essential they shut down the telephone exchange and radio transmitters. It is a night of chaos. And is the Army really on their side or do they have their own coup planned?

    Starring Corey Johnson as Putzi Hanfstaengl, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Andrew Woodall as General von Ludendorff, hero of WWI.

    Cast:
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Gustav Ritter von Kahr - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Ulrich Graf - FORBES MASSON
    General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL
    Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL,
    GEORGE KEMP, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY and LYNNE MILLER
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 22 min
    5. The Enemy is on the Left, The Danger is on the Right

    5. The Enemy is on the Left, The Danger is on the Right

    Footloose in Munich, Harvard-educated Putzi Hanfstaengl finds himself drawn in by Hitler’s charisma, quickly becoming one of his entourage, partly thanks to his enthusiastic piano-playing. But with the whole country in the grip of hyperinflation - pushing wheelbarrows of money to pay for a single loaf of bread - there is a call for a more drastic step: a coup against the federal government. Are the Nazis ready? Can they wait any longer?

    Starring Corey Johnson as Putzi Hanfstaengl, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Michael Moloney as Gustav von Kahr, Bavarian State Commissioner.

    Cast:
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Gustav Ritter von Kahr - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Ulrich Graf - FORBES MASSON
    General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL
    Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL,
    GEORGE KEMP, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY and LYNNE MILLER
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 23 min
    4. My Word is My Pledge

    4. My Word is My Pledge

    When a merger with other nationalist parties is suggested, Hitler – effectively the Nazi Party’s only source of revenue – threatens resignation if he is not given total, unquestioning control over every aspect of the party. He uses this to establish the paramilitary Storm Division led by Captain Ernst Röhm, the ‘Machine Gun King of Bavaria’. So when Mussolini takes power in Italy in October 1922, everyone is asking: when will Hitler launch his own coup?

    Starring Nancy Carroll as Helene Bechstein, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Edward Bennett as Gottfried Feder, the Nazi Party’s first economist, and Joseph Alessi as Ernst Röhm.

    Cast:
    Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Karl Harrer - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Gottfried Feder - EDWARD BENNETT
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Anton Drexler - JACK LASKEY
    Other parts were played by: WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, SCOTT KARIM, SORCHA KENNEDY, MICHAEL MALONEY, FORBES MASSON, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 23 min
    3. My Little Wolf

    3. My Little Wolf

    Hitler has a gift for oratory and party membership is growing: every week he draws a larger crowd. The party formally changes its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party – soon everyone will be calling it Na-Zi for short. But in his speeches, Hitler still reserves his vilest attacks for the ‘November Traitors’, namely any politician who signed the Versailles Treaty and plunged Germany into third-class status.
    But all this campaigning costs: will Helene Bechstein, whose husband inherited the piano company, be able to help?

    Starring Nancy Carroll as Helene Bechstein, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Edward Bennett as Gottfried Feder, the Nazi Party’s first economist, and Joseph Alessi as Ernst Röhm, Commander of the SA.

    Cast:
    Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Karl Harrer - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Gottfried Feder - EDWARD BENNETT
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Anton Drexler - JACK LASKEY
    Other parts were played by: WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, SCOTT KARIM, SORCHA KENNEDY, MICHAEL MALONEY, FORBES MASSON, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

    Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS
    Studio Manager – MARK SMITH
    Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER
    Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC
    Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON
    Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Mr_Plenty ,

Narration could be better

Great audio-drama concept, childish narration.

Oldcelt 17 ,

Weak narration

Enlightening podcast, but find narration difficult to listen to.

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