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Fall Of Eagles: The Appointment (S1EP8 BBC 15 May 1974, Freddie Jones)



The Appointment: When Grand Duke Sergei is murdered, Nicholas dismisses his police chief and considers Pyotr Rachkovsky as a suitable replacement even though he seems untrustworthy and is rumoured to use agent provocateurs. Both Sergei Witte and Empress Alexandra also have grave concerns about him and his methods but for different reasons. Nevertheless, with unrest fermenting and the memory of Bloody Sunday still fresh, he is appointed after seeking additional authority from the Tsar. Nicholas grants some concessions, including the creation of the Duma, as Rachkovsky begins using his forces in a deadly purge of troublemakers and revolutionaries in St Petersburg and beyond.

guest cast
John Stratton as Doctor
Michael Bryant as Ratchkowsky
Freddie Jones as Witte
Charles Kay as Tsar Nicholas II
Gayle Hunnicutt as Tsarina Alexandra

Producer: Stuart Burge
Writer: John Elliot
Director: David Cunliffe
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin

Original Airdate: 15 May 1974 on BBC
Series: Fall Of Eagles Season 1 Episode 8