tonight (wednesday 20th), 23.45pm-1.15am, on bbc 1 good (2008), starring viggo mortensenjason isaacs and jodie whittaker, and based on the award-winning 1982 play by c p taylor
“A German literature professor (Viggo Mortensen) is reluctant at first to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party.
He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, his mother, his mistress (Jodie Whittaker) and his Jewish friend (Jason Isaacs). Eventually he gives in to Nazism in order to advance his career. He is granted an honorary position in the SS, due to his writings in support of euthanasia. His involvement in the party makes his relationship with his Jewish friend more and more fraught.
Finally, he finds himself working for Adolf Eichmann. Under the pretext of work he engineers a visit to a concentration camp where he imagines that he sees his emaciated friend. Seeing inmates arriving and the suffering of those at the camp he realizes what his deeds have accomplished.”
“The film was poorly received by critics and its release was limited.”