The House Of Special Purpose

David Warner reads John Boyne's haunting novel which travels to the heart of the Russian empire where young imperial family bodyguard Georgy Jachmenev is privy to the secrets of Tsar Nicholas and his circle.

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012009042720110523 (BBC7)
20121126 (BBC7)

As Georgy visits his wife Zoya in hospital he remembers their life together and his early life in Russia.

At the age of 16, Georgy steps out in front of a bullet intended for a member of the Russian Imperial family, an event which changes the course of his life forever.

Visiting his wife in hospital, Georgy Jachmenev recalls early life in Imperial Russia.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Visiting his wife in hospital, Georgy Jachmenev recalls early life in Imperial Russia. David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

022009042820110524 (BBC7)
20121127 (BBC7)

Georgy relates his arrival in St Petersburg to take up his position as companion to the Tsar's son, Alexei.

Georgy relates his arrival in St Petersburg to become companion to the Tsar's son.

Georgy recalls his position in St Petersburg as companion to the Tsar's son, Alexei.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Georgy recalls his position in St Petersburg as companion to the Tsar's son, Alexei. Read by David Warner.

032009042920110525 (BBC7)
20121128 (BBC7)

A newcomer to the royal household, Georgy finds himself accompanying the Tsarevich on a train journey to the Russian army headquarters.

Georgy accompanies the Tsarevich on a train journey to the Russian army headquarters.

Royal household newcomer Georgy takes a train with the Tsarevich to army headquarters.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Royal household newcomer Georgy takes a train with the Tsarevich to army headquarters. Read by David Warner.

042009043020110526 (BBC7)
20121129 (BBC7)

Painful memories flood Georgy's mind as he remembers a betrayal by Zoya and a terrifying accident which befell Alexei while in his care.

Painful memories flood Georgy's mind as he remembers a betrayal by Zoya.

Painful memories for Georgy over Zoya's betrayal and Alexei's accident while in his care.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Painful memories for Georgy over Zoya's betrayal and Alexei's accident while in his care. Read by David Warner.

052009050120110527 (BBC7)
20121130 (BBC7)

In wartime London, Georgy finds himself recruited by an intelligence agency to translate Russian documents.

In wartime London, Georgy finds himself recruited by an intelligence agency.

In wartime London, an intelligence agency recruits Georgy to translate Russian documents.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

In wartime London, an intelligence agency recruits Georgy to translate Russian documents. David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

062009050420110530 (BBC7)
20121203 (BBC7)

Georgy and Anastasia steal out of the Winter Palace in disguise to see the White Nights, but are they being watched?

Georgy and Anastasia steal out of the Winter Palace in disguise to see the White Nights.

Georgy takes to his new role in the library, but is his work strictly bibliographical ? David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Georgy takes to his new role in the library, but is his work strictly bibliographical ?

072009050520110531 (BBC7)
20121204 (BBC7)

Fear blights Georgy's mind as he recounts the dread that Rasputin would betray him, and the panic of almost losing his beloved wife, Zoya.

Years ago, in 1916, Georgy has a near encounter with a certain Father Grigori - AKA Rasputin.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Years ago, in 1916, Georgy has an encounter with a certain Father Grigori - AKA Rasputin.

Fear blights Georgy's mind, recounting a dread of Rasputin's betrayal and panic of almost losing his wife. Read by David Warner.

082009050620110601 (BBC7)
20121205 (BBC7)

When the Tsar renounces the throne and is captured, Georgy finds himself a fugitive.

Past and present, tradition and revolution, all collide.

Georgy flees time and again.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Past and present, tradition and revolution, all collide. Fugitive Georgy flees time and again. Read by David Warner. Episode 8 of 10.

092009050720110602 (BBC7)
20121206 (BBC7)

On the run, Georgy tracks the Imperial Royal Family - and Anastasia - to a house in Yekaterinburg.

Georgy tracks the Imperial Royal Family - and Anastasia - to a house in Yekaterinburg.

A prospective reunion with Anastasia drives Georgy on, but it is not easily achieved.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

On the run, Georgy tracks the Imperial Royal Family, and Anastasia, to a house in Yekaterinburg. Read by David Warner.

10 LAST2009050820110603 (BBC7)
20121207 (BBC7)

As he recalls the fate of the Russian Imperial Family, Georgy must face another loss, that of his beloved wife.

As he recalls the fate of the Russian Imperial Family, Georgy must face another loss.

Georgy finds his Anastasia, but history catches up with them both, hastening a new life.

David Warner reads John Boyne's novel.

Recalling the Russian Imperial Family's fate, Georgy faces another loss - that of his beloved wife. Concluded by David Warner.