Nuremberg is a new BBC Radio 4 drama which tells the stories behind the Nazi trial that changed justice forever.
The eight-part series will air on Radio 4 from 27 August and will also be available as a sixteen-part extended podcast, in full on BBC Sounds.
It follows the race to track down and capture war criminals at the end of World War II, the struggle to establish the trial itself, the horrific evidence – and finally the monumental sentencing.
The series begins as Nazi commanders are arrested and the accused await trial while on suicide watch. It tells of the difficulties pulling the trial together, how it nearly didn’t happen, then almost collapsed.
Written by Jonathan Myerson, the drama tells the story from the lesser-heard perspectives of those amongst thousands of individuals tasked with fighting what became the last battle of World War II – an interpreter, psychologist, reporter, a court officer and others who enabled it to happen.
In order to ensure an authentic reconstruction of events, Myerson and producer Nicholas Newton pored over the 20 volumes of court transcripts, reviewed 2,000 hours of audio and newsreel, and collated contemporary news reports and interviews with participants.
The cast for Nuremberg includes Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones), Freddie Fox (Cucumber, Banana, White House Farm), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall), Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who), Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), Olivier Award-winner Henry Goodman and more.
Alison Hindell, Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction says: “It’s been nearly 75 years since the sentencing, and this comprehensive drama recreates for listeners an important and world-changing story and offers fascinating insights stretching beyond the better-known Nuremberg narratives.”
Rhian Roberts, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Digital and Podcasts adds: “The Nuremberg podcast, with its additional material, is designed to appeal to listeners who may not be familiar with the story of the trial; to present these phenomenal moments of history in a compelling style so we can all continue to understand how our world was shaped by them.”
Nuremberg will be on Radio 4 as an eight-part drama beginning 2.15pm on Friday 27 August, and as an extended 16-part podcast only on BBC Sounds featuring additional detail about what was happening historically. The drama comes ahead of the 75th anniversary of sentencing.