The strength and tenacity of a woman, Marina Litvinenko, who has made herself the banner of hope and truth, in a miniseries from Wednesday 25 January, exclusively on Sky and streaming only on NOW. LITVINENKO – INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF A DISSIDENT is a thriller with a very strong emotional impact that tells the tragic end of the former Russian dissident from the point of view of Alexander Litvinenko’s widow, as well as the ten-year ordeal that the woman had to face to obtain justice.
David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Inside Man”) plays a former Russian intelligence agent poisoned with radioactive polonium tea, while the Russian-American actress Margarita Levieva (“The Deuce,” “Revenge”) plays his wife, Marina Litvinenko.
In 4 episodes that will air in prime time on Wednesday 25 January, and then on 1 February on Sky Atlantic (and which will obviously also be available for streaming on NOW and on demand), the series tells the true story of the ex security forces of Russia and the KGB whose death from polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006 triggered one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of British and international policing. The miniseries was assisted as consultants by former agents who handled the case, Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, the lawyer Ben Emerson and the family of Litvinenko.
A true hymn to justice and dignity, LITVINENKO – INVESTIGATION ON THE DEATH OF A DISSIDENT tells of a regime even ready to attack the West in the middle of London in order to silence a dissident. At the same time, the series is also the dramatic story of a family broken by pain that fought for the truth for ten years.
Produced by ITV Studios, Tiger Aspect Productions and Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) in association with Livedrop Media, the series is directed by Jim Field Smith (“Criminal – UK”, “Stag”, “The wrong man”). The executive producers of the series are Patrick Spence for ITV Studios (“A spy among friends”, “Ralph & Katie”), Josephine Zapata Genetay for NENT Group, Lucy Bedford for Tiger Aspect Productions (“Three Little Birds”, “Viewpoint”, “ The Good Karma Hospital”), George Kay, Jim Field Smith and David Tennant. Richard Kerbaj is co-producer for Livedrop Media (“Hunting the KGB Killers”, “Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist”). Produced by Chris May.
SYNOPSIS – In November 2006, Litvinenko, a former KGB officer, was dying in a London hospital, poisoned by a mysterious radioactive substance. When the police come to take his testimony, Litvinenko points the finger directly at the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko’s death just days later sparks an investigation into a chemical attack on the streets of London and a decades-long probe between Britain and Russia to find justice for his murder.
LITVINENKO – INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF A DISSIDENT | From Wednesday 25 January, exclusively on Sky and streaming only on NOW