Intrigue: The Ratline

BBC Radio 4

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A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.
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19:00 | Oct 16th

“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 t...Show More

31:00 | Oct 8th, 2018

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 unbelievab...Show More
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29:33 | Oct 8th, 2018

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 N...Show More

31:32 | Oct 1st, 2018

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 unbelievab...Show More

26:11 | Oct 1st, 2018

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 write...Show More
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22:21 | Sep 24th, 2018

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 curi...Show More

26:06 | Sep 24th, 2018

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 ci...Show More

25:29 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 Aust...Show More

32:50 | Sep 21st, 2018

Whilst Charlotte Wachter and her children spend the summer in Zell am See, Otto is in Lemberg overseeing the 'Grosse Aktion' - the mass deportation of Jews to concentration camps. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spie...Show More

25:55 | Sep 18th, 2018

In episode two of the Ratline we meet the Wachters, Otto and Charlotte and chart their ascent to power. Otto's job takes the family to Krakow and on to Galicia, where he makes some dubious decisions, and Horst continues to maintain his father's innoc...Show More

19:50 | Sep 18th, 2018

Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grapp...Show More

18:04 | Oct 16th

“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, ...Show More

14:42 | Oct 16th

“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 borde...Show More

14:08 | Oct 16th

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 ...Show More

16:51 | Oct 16th

“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 guard...Show More

14:35 | Oct 16th

“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 h...Show More

16:17 | Oct 16th

“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...Show More

14:03 | Oct 16th

“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 fe...Show More

15:03 | Oct 16th

“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...Show More

14:34 | Oct 16th

“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 he...Show More

02:26 | Oct 11th

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 or...Show More

00:24 | Oct 7th

Introducing the true story of an extraordinary escape.

20:12 | Oct 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

03:40 | Aug 16th, 2018

A story of love, denial and a curious death presented by Philippe Sands. Hear the first episode on 18 Sept 2018.

21:06 | Mar 17th, 2017

The series finale reveals who benefitted from the murder of a British man in China. The continuing true story of death, sex and Chinese elite politics

21:48 | Mar 10th, 2017

A spectacular show trial exposes the lavish lifestyle of China’s elite. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.

18:36 | Mar 3rd, 2017

The action picks up as Neil Heywood arrives in Chongqing, where an "iron-blooded" police chief holds sway. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.

23:12 | Feb 24th, 2017

We’ve met the mayor’s wife. Now, meet the mayor, “the main man” who takes this story to the national stage. The continuing true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.

22:50 | Feb 17th, 2017

A true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.

00:31 | Feb 15th, 2017

Welcome to this new BBC podcast. The first episode will be published on 17 Feb 2017.