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    Description

    All four series of the Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen.

    Set in a British embassy somewhere in Russia as the Cold War draws to a close, this entertaining sitcom follows Her Majesty's Ambassador Mr Mackenzie as he navigates the idiosyncrasies of life behind the Iron Curtain. Together with his first secretary, William Frost, and personal assistant Helen Waterson, he manages matters ranging from dissidents to diplomatic dinners, all while maintaining his urbane, unflappable demeanour. 

    Engaging with communism is challenging enough, but the era of glasnost and perestroika brings new problems - including tourism, press freedom and an outbreak of political sickness in the People's Republic. However, Mackenzie battles on bravely, striving to dispense his own unique blend of British foreign policy and maintain the upper hand. Whether he's dealing with drug barons, hijackers, a Briton being held hostage or a container ship full of toxic waste, it's all in a day's overwork for the ambassador. Not even an imminent revolution can faze him: but all distinguished careers must come to an end, and eventually it's time for Mackenzie to pack his diplomatic bags. 

    But as he contemplates a bleak future in Britain with no servants - and no knighthood - he finds himself facing one final crisis. Can he salvage some personal profit from someone else's disaster? 

    Written by Alex Shearer, this wry observation of East-West diplomacy stars Dinsdale Landen as Ambassador Mackenzie, with Peter Acre as William, Moir Leslie as Helen, Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov and Stephen Greif as US Ambassador Spiro Weinberg. 

    Production credits:

    Written by Alex Shearer

    Produced by Pete Atkin and Neil Cargill

    Cast:

    HM Ambassador Mr Mackenzie - Dinsdale Landen

    William Frost - Peter Acre

    Helen Waterson - Moir Leslie

    Brown - Milton Johns

    Bryant - Stuart Organ

    Colonel Surikov - Christopher Benjamin

    Yakov Korovin - Michael Bilton

    Mikael Korovin - Jonathan Kydd

    US Ambassador Spiro Wineberg - Stephen Greif

    Eugenia - Sue Broomfield

    Brown - Milton Johns

    Mrs Poonskey - Margaret Ward

    Mrs Newton - Susie Brann

    George Sommers - Peter Howell

    Harris - Stephen Rashbrook

    Olav/Captain Warner - David Goodland

    Morris - John Baddeley

    Keith Branley - Richard Pearce

    Nesterov - Peter Craze

    Brodsky - Paul Gregory

    Frank Burton - Alan Dudley

    Gerald Calder-Browne MP - Richard Tate

    Henry Treebling - John Grieve

    Dr Hutchings - Norman Bird

    Grub - Julian Dutton

    Duncan Bridges - Peter Whitman

    Princess Sharon Eckersley - Elaine Lordan

    Dave - Simon Schatzberger

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 21st April-26th May 1987 (Series 1), 10th March-28th April 1988 (Series 2), 20th November-25th December 1990 (Series 3), 16th June-4th August 1992 (Series 4)

    ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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