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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.

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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.

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    16. Make Germany Great Again

    16. Make Germany Great Again

    Hitler is now Chancellor but what matters is that Hermann Goring is Minister of the Interior with 50,000 policemen at his disposal. They immediately crack down on all Communists, placing their Members of Parliament into ‘protective custody’ – detention for their own safety – in a new camp near a Bavarian village called Dachau. But when the Reichstag, the Parliament Building, catches fire, Hitler decides this Red Uprising must be nipped in the bud. But who started the fire?

    Starring Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler, Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer, Scott Karim as Hermann Göring and featuring Oscar Batterham as Rudolf Diels, Head of the Prussian Political Police.

    The company:
    Ernst Röhm & Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Gottfried Feder & Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL
    King Ludwig & Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB
    Dorothy Thompson - LAURA DONNELLY
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Kaiser Wilhelm & Karl Alexander von Müller - NICHOLAS FARRELL
    Leni Hanfstaengl & Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE
    President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Hermann Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Else Janke & Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY
    Oskar von Hindenburg - JACK LASKEY
    Sinclair Lewis - FORBES MASSON
    Kurt Eisner & Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Captain Mayr - TOBY STEPHENS
    Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    General Ludendorff and Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL
    The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON

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

    A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

    15. Forwards with God

    15. Forwards with God

    With Franz von Papen now willing to act as Vice Chancellor, alongside Hitler as Chancellor, can he convince Alfred Hugenberg to bring his 51 Nationalist MPs into coalition with the Nazi Party? Von Papen believes that together they will box Hitler in, that they will be “hiring him” – in fact, the Nazis demand is for merely two cabinet seats. But suddenly there’s talk of a military coup to forestall this - will President Hindenburg finally agree to appoint Hitler as Chancellor?

    Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler, Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer, and featuring Forbes Masson as Alfred Hugenberg and Edward Bennett as Otto von Meissner, the President’s Chief of Staff.

    Cast:
    President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Oskar von Hindenburg & Theodor Duesterberg - JACK LASKEY
    Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Alfred Hugenberg – FORBES MASSON
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Kurt von Schleicher - 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

    14. How Was the Venison?

    14. How Was the Venison?

    The current Chancellor, General Kurt von Schleicher, and the previous, Franz von Papen, are both determined to unseat each other – once allies, they are now sworn enemies, plotting in corridors. President Hindenburg would rather see von Papen restored to the post but, like von Schleicher, he cannot form a governing majority. Meanwhile the President’s son, Oskar, once a close friend of von Schleicher, starts to see a way through...and it involves the Nazi Party.

    Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Jack Laskey as Oskar von Hindenburg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer.

    Cast:
    President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI
    Oskar von Hindenburg - JACK LASKEY
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Kurt von Schleicher - 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

    13. Hitler? Whatever Happened To Him?

    13. Hitler? Whatever Happened To Him?

    By 1932, the Nazis have 230 Members of Parliament, the largest single group but no-one will invite them into coalition and President Hindenburg refuses to even contemplate appointing Hitler as Chancellor. Yet Hitler flatly refuses any arrangement where he is not Chancellor – Vice-Chancellor will not suffice. But so many of his party members, his stormtroopers have been waiting for government jobs, government salaries – they’re pushing hard for the compromise. Can Hitler hold them off for long enough to secure total power?

    Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Scott Karim as Hermann Goring, Andrew Woodall as von Schleicher, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Aditomiwa Edun as the Daily Express Berlin Correspondent, Sefton Delmer.

    Cast:
    President Hindenberg - DEREK JACOBI
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI
    Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Oskar von Hindenberg - JACK LASKEY
    Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Kurt von Schleicher - 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

    12. Hitler Over Germany

    12. Hitler Over Germany

    When Hitler encounters an elegant, divorced woman at his Berlin hotel, he finds that he is unexpectedly drawn to her. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t know is that Magda Quandt is already involved with his Head of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. But that isn’t Goebbels’ only headache: the first great love of Magda’s life was Chaim Arlosoroff, fervent Zionist. Nevertheless Hitler’s Deputy, Rudolf Hess, can see a perfect compromise: if Joseph and Magda marry, she will thus become the perfect companion for a Führer who is ‘married to Germany’.

    Starring Shanaya Rafaat as Magda Goebbels, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring George Kemp as Rudolf Hess.

    Cast:
    Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Other parts were played by: JOSEPH ALESSI, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, 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

    11. Germany is My Wife

    11. Germany is My Wife

    Hitler’s strange dealings with the opposite sex come into sharp focus when his niece, aged 23, living in Hitler’s apartment, shoots herself. Geli first moved in when she was 18 but from that moment on, Hitler refuses to let her go out on her own, even chaperoned. He nurtures hopes that she will become an opera singer and, enraged by the very idea, refuses her permission to marry. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Was it an accident?

    Starring Melody Grove as Anni Winter, Hitler’s housekeeper, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Tanvi Virmani as Geli Raubal.

    Cast:
    Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI
    Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT
    Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE
    Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM
    Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT
    Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN
    Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE
    Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON
    Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM
    Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP
    Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY
    Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS
    Other parts were played by: JOSEPH ALESSI, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, 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

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Harambe4President ,

Correct amount dramatization

Correct amount dramatization. Love most of the actors.

Maybe moves a little too fast sometimes though.

Can be hard to keep track of what characters are speaking or in the scene.

Tabend62 ,

Sorry, but pass.

I liked the story idea very much, but I believe it failed in its execution. The scenes that were chosen could have been more relevant and at times were over acted. I truly wanted to like this, anything that tries to bring history to life should be pursued, but I just believe this missed the mark.

Dave Twodaves ,

Splendid

Really well put together and lots of good information for our times, (Make Germany Great Again) lest we forget.

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