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Tunnel 29: Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards.
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Ep10: Tunnel 29 - The Shoes

Ep10: Tunnel 29 - The Shoes

2019-10-1600:18:2012

“I started dancing with Eveline.” A final twist in the final chapter.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep9: Tunnel 29 - The Signal

Ep9: Tunnel 29 - The Signal

2019-10-1600:14:427

“If you don’t have a coffee, then bring me a cognac.” Ellen's plan is derailed.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
I said "ok, I'll do it”. Ellen, Mimmo's girlfriend, agrees to play a dangerous role.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
“That’s the first time I saw her again.” Wolfdieter's show trial begins.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep6: Tunnel 29 - The Gun

Ep6: Tunnel 29 - The Gun

2019-10-1600:14:354

“And then my interrogation began.” The escape operation unravels.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep5: Tunnel 29 - The Trap

Ep5: Tunnel 29 - The Trap

2019-10-1600:17:287

“We had no chance to be together.” The diggers hatch a new plan, unaware the Stasi are onto them.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
“If we could hear them, they could hear us.” The diggers reach the terrifying death strip.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep3: Tunnel 29 -The Deal

Ep3: Tunnel 29 -The Deal

2019-10-1600:15:039

“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money and make an unlikely alliance.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep2: Tunnel 29 - The Spy

Ep2: Tunnel 29 - The Spy

2019-10-1600:19:009

“I choose the codename Fred.” A hairdresser becomes a Stasi spy.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Ep1: Tunnel 29 - The Escape

Ep1: Tunnel 29 - The Escape

2019-10-1600:19:0616

“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound Design: Eloise WhitmoreTranslation and additional research: Sabine SchereckEditor: Richard KnightJoachim Rudolph's original interviews voiced by Mark Edel Hunt#tunnel29
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel. Producer & Presenter: Helena MerrimanSound design: Eloise WhitmoreEditor: Richard Knight#tunnel29
Tunnel 29 mini-trailer

Tunnel 29 mini-trailer

2019-10-0700:25:473

Introducing the true story of an extraordinary escape.
In a bonus episode of Intrigue: The Ratline, Stephen Fry interviews Philippe Sands in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. They discuss a range of issues brought up by the series including historical responsibility and the nature of evil. Plus as a special extra, there is a full version of The Ratline theme music by Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita.
Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.In this episode, Dame Sue Black is incorrectly described as a forensic pathologist. She is a forensic anthropologist.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Ep9. The Ratline - The Lucids

Ep9. The Ratline - The Lucids

2018-10-0800:29:5210

Philippe travels to Albuquerque to meet Tom Lucid Jnr, the son of the CIA agent who recruited Karl Hass, chief source on Project Los Angeles and the man Otto had lunch with on Lake Albano. How much does he know about his father's role in recruiting Nazis and a close relative in Geneva?A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
Philippe accesses the Vatican archives to find out about Otto's protector in Rome, the man who was by his side as he lay dying, Alois Hudal. Hudal's archivist reveals something extraordinary.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Otto contracts a strange illness and Charlotte rushes to Rome to be by his side. Philippe talks to an old friend who was working for British intelligence in 1949 and explores who might have been after Otto and why.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Midnight. Rome. 1949. Otto arrives in the eternal city, penniless, homeless, searching for a way out to Argentina. He's also unwittingly found himself in the middle of a battle between East and West. He finds employment and makes a trip out of the city to the countryside.The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
The war is over and Otto has disappeared. Whilst his friends are committing suicide or being tried for mass murder Otto has escaped high into the mountains with the help of a young SS soldier. Meanwhile Charlotte is working on getting him out of Austria.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
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Clive Wyeth

thank you for some brilliant podcast

Dec 7th
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katia pretelt

Enjoyed very much all of the episode. Kept my attention going on. Waiting for more.

Dec 3rd
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Clayton

Was disappointed with Lucky Holiday Hotel. They kept pumping it up as if something incredibly interesting or unique was going to happen but in the end not much.

Nov 26th
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Chris Edmeads

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Nov 23rd
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Dan Charyk

8hb xxx .

Nov 6th
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Jojo T

really enjoyed listening to this, Carrie your voice is so soothing. I love history and this is great!

Nov 4th
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Cherie Stewart

Murder at the Lucky Holiday Hotel is to intriguing a title to pass up. Enjoyed the podcast. looking forward to the next series.

Oct 29th
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kristinavd

I love Carrie gracie!! she's amazing in the first story!

May 20th
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robbieair

brilliant and tragic story that deserves to be told. Really well put together.

Jan 8th
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Ashley Brooks

excellent

Jan 3rd
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Kate Gibson

She's a journalist

Dec 14th
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Aryk Shelton

absolutely love this series!! just binge-listened to the Holiday Hotel exposé and thought it was brilliant. a window look into another culture and it's politics and the way events transpired, loved the whole story! Well Done!

Dec 12th
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Aryk Shelton

I've just binge-listened to the Holiday Hotel and been absolutely intrigued with the mystery and the way the details unfolded, just loved it! I genuinely hope this series becomes a regular release! Well worth the listen!!!

Dec 12th
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Anthony H.

Narrator sounds fine to me. Has British accent. Possibly that's why y'all don't care for accent.

Dec 10th
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Peter Smith

Peter Smith Excellent story. Brilliantly narrated showing the horrors and the sorrows of both generations. Thank You BBC

Nov 22nd
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Simon Brock

I really enjoyed this engaging podcast. Thank you Carrie for such an exciting exposé of one murky aspect of Chinese politics.

Nov 20th
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Jacynthe Roesch

Gripping true stories well narrated. I'm thrilled! can't wait for more Five stars! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Nov 20th
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Cristian Rivero

Excellent podcast. It reminds me of briefer, though not inferior version of Serial.

Nov 15th
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Adzim Shahabudin

what a fine podcast, well produced, well narrated, a joy

Nov 7th
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Evelyn Rose

narrator sounds awful

Nov 6th
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