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Genghis Cohn (BBC-2 1994, Robert Lindsay, Diana Rigg)

Genghis Cohn

Period piece Genghis Cohn, which was broadcast under the Screen Two banner, had something of a dream cast turning in superb performances in this tale set in post world war two Germany where ex-SS officer Otto Schatz starts to think he is going mad when he is haunted by the ghost of Genghis Cohn, a comedian whose death he ordered.

Dazzling stuff with Antony Sher typically shining as Genghis and Robert Lindsay doing his best GBH act as Otto. Watch out too for Diana Rigg getting all saucy as Otto’s lover. A youngish Daniel Craig also pops up in a small role as a soldier.

production details
UK | BBC-2

RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 1 | AIRDATE: 2 March 1994

WRITER: Stanley Price | NOVEL: Romain Gary | PRODUCER: Ruth Caleb | DIRECTOR: Elijah Moshinsky

Screen Two | Season 11 Episode 1

cast
ROBERT LINDSAY as Otto Schatz
ANTONY SHER as Genghis Cohn
DIANA RIGG as Frieda Von Stangel
JOHN WELLS as Doctor Eckhardt
FRANCES DE LA TOUR as Dr Helga Feuchtwanger
ROBERT LANG as Police Chief
PAUL BROOKE as Herr Hans-Dieter Pohl
PATRICK GODFREY as Herr Mueller
ROLAND DAVIES as Otto Kellner
PETER PENRY-JONES as Doctor Brauner
SHAUN DINGWALL as Sergeant Hubsch
JAY BENEDICT as Dr Burkhardt
CARA KONIG as Frau Marthe Kellner
CHERYL FERGISON as Frau Langer
DANIEL CRAIG as Lieutenant Guth
ALWYNE TAYLOR as Frau Inge Heller
HEATHER CANNING as Librarian
CHARLES DALE as Herr Heller
BEN BAZELL as Hans Schumberg
CHRIS JENKINSON as Lieutenant Weiss
PETER JORDAN as Stein – TV Reporter