Philip Palmer

Keeping the Wolf Out
  • Keeping the Wolf Out

    • Philip Palmer

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Leo Bill (Read by)

    • Clare Corbett (Read by)

    A gritty thriller set behind the Iron Curtain in 1960s Hungary

    Budapest, 1964. Special Investigator Bertalan Lázár and his wife, spymaster Franciska Lázár, face formidable challenges as they try to navigate a path through the dangerous underworld of Cold War-era Hungary. Catching the criminals is difficult enough, but there are other more threatening battles raging in higher places.

    In these eight episodes, Bertalan prepares to fight a turf war as he tries to find a child killer, investigates a seemingly straightforward case of GBH that leads him to a rogue cop, and enters the uncharted territory of Budapest's underground drugs scene after a rock musician is found dead.

    His life is further complicated by the return of his old nemesis, Tibor Farkas, and soon both he and Franciska find themselves in the firing line as the corrupt cop turns his sights on them...

    Written by Philip Palmer, this gripping, atmospheric drama expertly conjures up the tense, paranoid world of Communist Hungary, where dissidence was dangerous, the truth was hard to find and pursuing justice could get you killed. Leo Bill stars as Bertalan and Clare Corbett as Franciska, with Andy Linden as Tibor Farkas.


    The episodes in this collection are:
    Gellert Hill
    Spider's Web
    Carnaby Street
    Gypsy Dancers
    Grandmother's Footsteps
    Mad Dog
    The Light of Dawn
    The Great Society

    Produced and directed by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko

    Cast
    Bertalan Lázár - Leo Bill
    Franciska Lázár - Clare Corbett
    József Szabados - Joseph Ayre
    Dmitri Dragunov - Simon Scardifield
    Márk Mészáros - Michael Bertenshaw
    András Vásáry - David Hounslow
    Priest/Copper - Christopher Harper
    Gyuri Varg/Fabenyi/Police officer/Partygoer - Kenny Blyth
    Dorina Varga - Helen Clapp
    Ministry official/Police officer/Drug dealer/Partygoer - Chris Pavlo
    Hanna Krivosik - Franchi Webb
    Zsófia/Nurse 1 - Sarah Ovens
    Tibor Farkas - Andy Linden
    PuŠomori Žiga - Debbie Korley
    Nurse 2/Receptionist - Susan Jameson
    Gyozo Novak - Carl Prekopp
    Florian Hevesi - Luke Nunn
    Sandor Boros - Stephen Greif
    Pathologist - Jane Whittenshaw
    Cop/Detective - Stefan Adegbola
    Mother - Emma Handy
    Kulcsar - Roger Ringrose
    Draskovic - Ewan Bailey
    Billiards player/Prison officer - Ian Dunnett Jnr

RELEASED 28/01/2021

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