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01A Tricky Case2010120620101206 (BBC7)
20140113 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Anna and Andrei have survived the siege, married and together have brought up Anna's brother Kolya. They want their lives to be ordinary - but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to the hospital where Andrei is a paediatrican, Andrei finds himself outmanoeuvred by the more politically astute and face to face with a man who has the power to destroy him and his family.

Helen Dunmore's evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace, from neighbours, from colleagues, from the state, and the struggle to remain humane and true in the face of it. As the net tightens around Andrei and his life becomes the stuff of nightmares, she also tells a compelling and page-turning tale.

Helen Dunmore is a novelist and short story writer whose many works include 'A Spell of Winter', winner of the Orange Prize and 'The Siege' which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Orange Prize and has sold over 100,000 copies.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, who also read The Siege in 2001 for Book at Bedtime.

The abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Anna and Andrei have survived the siege, married and together have brought up Anna's brother Kolya.

They want their lives to be ordinary - but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to the hospital where Andrei is a paediatrican, Andrei finds himself outmanoeuvred by the more politically astute and face to face with a man who has the power to destroy him and his family.

Helen Dunmore's evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace, from neighbours, from colleagues, from the state, and the struggle to remain humane and true in the face of it.

As the net tightens around Andrei and his life becomes the stuff of nightmares, she also tells a compelling and page-turning tale.

Sara Kestelman reads Helen Dunmore's novel of Cold War Leningrad.

01A Tricky Case2010120620101206 (BBC7)
20140113 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Anna and Andrei have survived the siege, married and together have brought up Anna's brother Kolya. They want their lives to be ordinary - but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to the hospital where Andrei is a paediatrican, Andrei finds himself outmanoeuvred by the more politically astute and face to face with a man who has the power to destroy him and his family.

Helen Dunmore's evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace, from neighbours, from colleagues, from the state, and the struggle to remain humane and true in the face of it. As the net tightens around Andrei and his life becomes the stuff of nightmares, she also tells a compelling and page-turning tale.

Helen Dunmore is a novelist and short story writer whose many works include 'A Spell of Winter', winner of the Orange Prize and 'The Siege' which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Orange Prize and has sold over 100,000 copies.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, who also read The Siege in 2001 for Book at Bedtime.

The abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Anna and Andrei have survived the siege, married and together have brought up Anna's brother Kolya.

They want their lives to be ordinary - but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to the hospital where Andrei is a paediatrican, Andrei finds himself outmanoeuvred by the more politically astute and face to face with a man who has the power to destroy him and his family.

Helen Dunmore's evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace, from neighbours, from colleagues, from the state, and the struggle to remain humane and true in the face of it.

As the net tightens around Andrei and his life becomes the stuff of nightmares, she also tells a compelling and page-turning tale.

Sara Kestelman reads Helen Dunmore's novel of Cold War Leningrad.

02A Diagnosis2010120720101207 (BBC7)
20140114 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: It is 1952, Leningrad and Andrei and Anna are just trying to live ordinary lives. But when the son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into his hospital, Andrei finds himself, against his better judgement, manoeuvred into seeing him. Now he is faced with a vulnerable patient and a worrying diagnosis.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: It is 1952, Leningrad and Andrei and Anna are just trying to live ordinary lives.

But when the son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into his hospital, Andrei finds himself, against his better judgement, manoeuvred into seeing him.

Now he is faced with a vulnerable patient and a worrying diagnosis.

The son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into Andrei's hospital.

02A Diagnosis2010120720101207 (BBC7)
20140114 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: It is 1952, Leningrad and Andrei and Anna are just trying to live ordinary lives. But when the son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into his hospital, Andrei finds himself, against his better judgement, manoeuvred into seeing him. Now he is faced with a vulnerable patient and a worrying diagnosis.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: It is 1952, Leningrad and Andrei and Anna are just trying to live ordinary lives.

But when the son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into his hospital, Andrei finds himself, against his better judgement, manoeuvred into seeing him.

Now he is faced with a vulnerable patient and a worrying diagnosis.

The son of the feared secret police official, Vulkov, is admitted into Andrei's hospital.

03The Best Chance Of Survival2010120820140115 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: As the doctor in charge of Gorya's case, it falls to Andrei to tell his father, Vulkov, what the boy's best, indeed only, chance of survival is. The stakes are raised even higher as the two men meet.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: As the doctor in charge of Gorya's case, it falls to Andrei to tell his father, Vulkov, what the boy's best, indeed only, chance of survival is.

The stakes are raised even higher as the two men meet.

It falls to doctor Andrei to tell Vulkov what is his son's best chance of survival.

03The Best Chance Of Survival2010120820140115 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: As the doctor in charge of Gorya's case, it falls to Andrei to tell his father, Vulkov, what the boy's best, indeed only, chance of survival is. The stakes are raised even higher as the two men meet.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's episode: As the doctor in charge of Gorya's case, it falls to Andrei to tell his father, Vulkov, what the boy's best, indeed only, chance of survival is.

The stakes are raised even higher as the two men meet.

It falls to doctor Andrei to tell Vulkov what is his son's best chance of survival.

04You Can Be A Doctor Anywhere2010120920101209 (BBC7)
20140116 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Although Volkov's son has been discharged from hospital, Anna and Andrei know they have done the unthinkable and come to the notice of someone powerful enough to destroy their lives. They must leave nothing to chance but how far can they escape?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Although Volkov's son has been discharged from hospital, Anna and Andrei know they have done the unthinkable and come to the notice of someone powerful enough to destroy their lives.

They must leave nothing to chance but how far can they escape?

Volkov's son has left hospital, but Anna and Andrei are now known to a powerful man.

04You Can Be A Doctor Anywhere2010120920101209 (BBC7)
20140116 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Although Volkov's son has been discharged from hospital, Anna and Andrei know they have done the unthinkable and come to the notice of someone powerful enough to destroy their lives. They must leave nothing to chance but how far can they escape?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Although Volkov's son has been discharged from hospital, Anna and Andrei know they have done the unthinkable and come to the notice of someone powerful enough to destroy their lives.

They must leave nothing to chance but how far can they escape?

Volkov's son has left hospital, but Anna and Andrei are now known to a powerful man.

05We Always Find Them Out2010121020101210 (BBC7)
20140117 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: There are rumours about Gorya's health. As Anna and Andrei are given a warning to try to get out of Leningrad, is it already too late to escape the tightening noose?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: There are rumours about Gorya's health.

As Anna and Andrei are given a warning to try to get out of Leningrad, is it already too late to escape the tightening noose?

Anna and Andrei are warned to leave Leningrad, but is it already too late?

05We Always Find Them Out2010121020101210 (BBC7)
20140117 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: There are rumours about Gorya's health. As Anna and Andrei are given a warning to try to get out of Leningrad, is it already too late to escape the tightening noose?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: There are rumours about Gorya's health.

As Anna and Andrei are given a warning to try to get out of Leningrad, is it already too late to escape the tightening noose?

Anna and Andrei are warned to leave Leningrad, but is it already too late?

06Suspended From Duty2010121320101213 (BBC7)
20140120 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has become more and more dangerous as the child's condition worsens and his father looks for a scape-goat.

In today's episode: With the stakes rising, Anna and Andrei know they must try to protect Kolya - then an early morning call confirms their worst fears.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has become more and more dangerous as the child's condition worsens and his father looks for a scape-goat.

Anna and Andrei know they must try to protect Kolya.

06Suspended From Duty2010121320101213 (BBC7)
20140120 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has become more and more dangerous as the child's condition worsens and his father looks for a scape-goat.

In today's episode: With the stakes rising, Anna and Andrei know they must try to protect Kolya - then an early morning call confirms their worst fears.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has become more and more dangerous as the child's condition worsens and his father looks for a scape-goat.

Anna and Andrei know they must try to protect Kolya.

07The Midnight Knock On The Door2010121420140121 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous. As Gorya's condition has worsened, his father is looking for a scapegoat.

In today's episode: Dr Brodskaya has been arrested. Now, in the dead of night, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

As Gorya's condition has worsened, his father is looking for a scapegoat.

In today's episode: Dr Brodskaya has been arrested.

Now, in the dead of night, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

Dr Brodskaya has been arrested.

Now, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

07The Midnight Knock On The Door2010121420140121 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous. As Gorya's condition has worsened, his father is looking for a scapegoat.

In today's episode: Dr Brodskaya has been arrested. Now, in the dead of night, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

As Gorya's condition has worsened, his father is looking for a scapegoat.

In today's episode: Dr Brodskaya has been arrested.

Now, in the dead of night, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

Dr Brodskaya has been arrested.

Now, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

08Don't Think It Can't Happen To You2010121520101215 (BBC7)
20140122 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Andrei has been arrested. Will anyone help Anna to help him? And how much danger is she putting herself and their unborn child in with her inquiries?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Andrei has been arrested.

Will anyone help Anna to help him? And how much danger is she putting herself and their unborn child in with her inquiries?

Andrei has been arrested.

Will anyone help Anna to help him?

08Don't Think It Can't Happen To You2010121520101215 (BBC7)
20140122 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Andrei has been arrested. Will anyone help Anna to help him? And how much danger is she putting herself and their unborn child in with her inquiries?

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

For one young doctor, who has had no choice but to treat the son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life is becoming more and more dangerous.

In today's episode: Andrei has been arrested.

Will anyone help Anna to help him? And how much danger is she putting herself and their unborn child in with her inquiries?

Andrei has been arrested.

Will anyone help Anna to help him?

09Insufficient Vigilance2010121620101216 (BBC7)
20140123 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who had no choice but to treat the young son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has been destroyed. With the child dying, Andrei has been arrested and interrogated mercilessly and is now held in the notorious Lubyanka prison.

In today's episode: Andrei comes face to face with Gorya's father, Volkov, and learns just what the powerful can do.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

09Insufficient Vigilance2010121620101216 (BBC7)
20140123 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who had no choice but to treat the young son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has been destroyed. With the child dying, Andrei has been arrested and interrogated mercilessly and is now held in the notorious Lubyanka prison.

In today's episode: Andrei comes face to face with Gorya's father, Volkov, and learns just what the powerful can do.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

10 LASTVolkov Is Dead2010121720101217 (BBC7)
20140124 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's final episode: in a final act before his fall from grace, Volkov, Commissar of the secret police, has given Andrei a way out. Instead of execution he will be sent to Siberia. Meanwhile Anna is in hiding, waiting for the birth of their baby.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's final episode: in a final act before his fall from grace, Volkov, Commissar of the secret police, has given Andrei a way out.

Instead of execution he will be sent to Siberia.

Meanwhile Anna is in hiding, waiting for the birth of their baby.

Volkov has offered Andrei a way out.

But will he take it?

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20140124 (BBC7)

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's final episode: in a final act before his fall from grace, Volkov, Commissar of the secret police, has given Andrei a way out. Instead of execution he will be sent to Siberia. Meanwhile Anna is in hiding, waiting for the birth of their baby.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege.

Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

In today's final episode: in a final act before his fall from grace, Volkov, Commissar of the secret police, has given Andrei a way out.

Instead of execution he will be sent to Siberia.

Meanwhile Anna is in hiding, waiting for the birth of their baby.

Volkov has offered Andrei a way out.

But will he take it?