This BBC Radio full-cast drama tells a story of love and deception set during the Cold War. It was written by Ronald Frame for BBC Radio Scotland and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Drama on 3 collection in September 2008.
Throughout the period of the Cold War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 'romeo spies' were operating, targeting bright and susceptible young women. Alice Reeves, a young secretary from London, unwittingly becomes romantically involved with Otto Hanhart - an East German spy. The encounter leads to unexpected consequences for all parties, changing their lives forever. Starring Clare Corbett as Alice Reeves and Jamie Glover as Otto Hanhart. Also included in the cast are Nick Sayce, Gunnar Cauthery, Stephen Critchlow, Cressida Trew, Dan Starkey, and Liza Sadovy. Produced and directed by David Ian Neville.
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I've never been into spy dramas, but this engrossed my attention. For an agent, it is his mission to seduce a young lady in order to obtain information, for the lady the affair ends in a disaster and shattered dreams.
The romeo spy drama is titled Blue Wonder, which is the name of the bridge crossing the Elbe. In German the idiom ein blaues Wunder erleben means to experience a nasty surprise, and that, ironically, can account for what the female protagonist felt when she learned the truth.
Excellent performance. Intriguing and upbeat story. Well done.
This is a fantastic drama and I would highly recommend a listen. I knew nothing about 'Romeo spies' before listening to this audiobook so was really interested in this aspect of it. It's an amazing, gripping drama, beautifully acted by Clare Corbett and Jamie Glover, who are both radio drama regulars.
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