Martin Freeman to Star in BBC Drama About Trial of Adolf Eichmann
The 'Sherlock' star will play TV producer Milton Fruchtman in 'The Eichmann Show'
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the BBC has commissioned a 90-minute dramatization of the global broadcast of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief Nazi architects of the Holocaust, according to an article on the Radio Times website published Sunday.
The Eichmann Show will feature Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock, The Hobbit trilogy) playing TV producer Milton Fruchtman, with Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) starring as TV director Leo Hurwitz. Fruchtman and Hurwitz were responsible for putting together one of the first global television events when Eichmann's trial was televised to 37 countries over four months in 1961.
The Eichmann Show will be part of a series of shows the BBC has planned for Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 27, including a screening of the 1985 film Shoah, the 10-hour documentary that featured harrowing first-hand interviews with survivors of the concentration camps.
BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen told the Radio Times: "The liberation of the camps is a very significant anniversary, which the BBC will mark with a range of thought-provoking programs."