Benedict Cumberbatch’s new HBO series goes behind the real-life poisoning of a Russian spy

He plays former-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in Londongrad.

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10/29/2021 10:43:00 AM

Benedict Cumberbatch's new HBO series tells the real-life story of a poisoned Russian spy Londongrad AlexanderLitvinenko

He plays former-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in Londongrad .

The Terminal Spy, the story of Litvinenko following his fatal poisoning with Polonium-210, which Litvinenko accused the Kremlin of carrying out.You may also likeThe horrifying true story behind David Tennant’s new ITV drama, about the murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

Describing his own poisoning before he died, Litvinenko said: “I had been feeling all the time, I knew they wanted to kill me actually. But could I have told this? Everyone was saying it’s just another of his whims. But I knew they wanted to kill me.”

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, the drama is an adaptation of Alan Cowell’s book The Terminal Spy , the story of Litvinenko following his fatal poisoning with Polonium-210, which Litvinenko accused the Kremlin of carrying out. You may also like The horrifying true story behind David Tennant’s new ITV drama, about the murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko Describing his own poisoning before he died, Litvinenko said: “I had been feeling all the time, I knew they wanted to kill me actually. But could I have told this? Everyone was saying it’s just another of his whims. But I knew they wanted to kill me.” Litvinenko’s death was an event followed by the world, but Londongrad aims to delve further into the motivations behind the attack and unravel the aftermath of “the first act of nuclear terrorism”. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming limited series so far. Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, days before his death What is the plot of Londongrad Based on the book The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder , the drama looks like it will expose the “definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications.” As the book’s synopsis explains: “On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London’s Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. “Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia’s lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia’s oil riches and Vladimir Putin’s thirst for power.” You may also like