The Razumov Files, from Spyscape Studios, is an audacious audio reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s classic spy thriller Under Western Eyes, starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Brave New World) and Maryam D'Abo (The Living Daylights). Approaching the events leading to the 1917 Russian Revolution like a present-day investigative podcast, The Razumov Files is a radical reinvention of spy fiction - and podcasting. Episode 1 is available wherever you get your podcasts from 23 November 2022. The remaining episodes are available on the same day exclusively with Spyscape+ on Apple Podcasts. A Cup & Nuzzle production, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
Episode One: The Man in the Sheepskin Coat
Jessica Dean receives an unpublished manuscript written by her great grandfather, Joe. It tells the story of Joe’s time living in Geneva in the early 1900s and a love triangle that ends in him confessing to the murder of a mysterious spy named Razumov. After discovering the existence of Razumov’s own diary, and egged on by her old friend, the historian Larry Levy, Jess makes the bold decision to fly to Geneva and find out for herself what really happened. A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
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Episode Two: A Man of Few Words
Settled in Geneva, Jess goes to the home of the charismatic Frau Kaempfer to hear the diary read out. Razumov recounts his tale, of a young student who came to him for help after assassinating a public official. Tortured by his own low status and fearful of being arrested, Razumov decides to betray the young man to the authorities. But a worse torment awaits him as he must now flee St Petersburg for good. A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
Episode Three: Through The Eyes of Men
Still no closer to finding out whether her grandfather was a murderer, Jess learns that the centre of this story - at least from the point of view of its male protagonists, including a new arrival, the Rasputin-like Peter Ivanovich - is the beautiful, idealistic emigre, Nathalie Haldin. But when her own personal life gets a little complicated, after a nudge from Frau Kaempfer Jess realsies she may have missed the biggest twist so far, a revelation that will turn this mystery on its head. A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
Episode Four: My Brother’s Friend
The political situation in Russia is intensifying, and the secret service dispatches hundreds of spies all over Europe to track revolutionary activity. Many of them, including Razumov, arrive in Geneva. But it’s clear to Jess that Razumov’s mission has been compromised by the fact that he is falling in love with Nathalie. A love he can never admit to, given that he is responsible for the death of her brother. A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
Episode Five: A Man Of Character
Razumov decides to make his confession, choosing to risk his own certain demise than lie to Nathalie a moment longer. When he disappears, assumed dead, Jess realises she may have been wrong about her Grandfather after all. She is ready to wrap up when she is contacted by a Russian woman who claims to be in possession of Razumov’s deathbed confession. A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
Episode Six: The Unknown Future
Jess needs to find one last piece of the puzzle before she can sign off. She flies to St Petersburg to hear the restored tape of Razumov’s final words. Will it provide the closure she seeks? A Cup & Nuzzle production for Spyscape, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
I loved this! I was swept up in it from the beginning, and wish I could continue my journey with these extraordinary characters.
Excellent reimagining of Conrad’s spy classic
Joseph Conrad’s 1911 spy novel is reimagined through the eyes (and voice) of a modern-day woman. The adaptation is part mystery / part espionage with the main character hoping to solve a historical whodunnit that may implicate her ancestors. Brilliant.
Voice very clear for me
The voices intended to be clear were clear - ie the narrator and main characters. Loved it 😊