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Murder in Samarkand was broadcast on February 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm as BBC Radio 4's Saturday Play, written by David Hare based on the memoirs of Craig MurrayThe runtime is 87:06.

The play was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award, best drama category in 2011.

Click here for the cast list, the reviews and to read Craig Murray's blog entries that relate to the production.

The cast recorded the play at BBC studios London from January 21st - 24th, 2010.

David Hare and David Tennant (BBC)


Directed by Clive Brill, who spent seven years producing drama for BBC radio and in 1990 he became head of Development for BBC TV Series. He formed Pacificus Productions and took on the "Shakespearean" task in 1996 of directing the entire Arkangel Shakespeare Series, in which David appears in nine plays.

In addition Clive has directed David in four other radio dramas The Order of Release, The Island, The Purple Land, the two part Afternoon Play series Stevenson in Love and in the staged reading of Edward III at The Globe.

Other Pacificus Productions David has appeared in include the 2010 and 2011 Book at Bedtime series Night with a Vampire and Night with a Vampire 2, the radio plays A Quick Change, Love Virtually, Every Seventh Wave, which was also directed by Clive, and the Richard Wilson Radio 4 series Believe It!.

The producer was Ann Scott and the play was a Greenpoint ProductionGreenpoint is the production company that made High Stakes, the Richard Wilson series in which David made a guest appearance.

David's episode, The Magic Word, never aired but was included in the DVD of the series which was released in 2007.


David Hare was interviewed on the BBC programme Front Row about the play on February 15, 2010

On Sunday February 14, 2010, The Guardian and The Observer selected the play as the Radio Highlight of the Week and The Sunday Times named it the Pick of the Day.

The Mirror ran a small article about the upcoming broadcast on February 16, 2010 and on the 20th The Scotsman ran an article written by Jim Goilchrist about the history of the story the play is based on. In the article, Craig Murray stated "[the play] will do more for popular understanding than dry evidence ever could".

The day of the actual broadcast, February 20, 2010 The Guardian chose Murder in Samarkand as the Pick of the Day.

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