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The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 7

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

John O’Neill ruffles official feathers in Yemen investigating the attack on the USS Cole, while Ali Soufan, though a Muslim, also feels unwelcome in such an orthodox country. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Writer:
Ali Selim
Ambassador Barbara Bodine:
Jennifer Ehle
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
General Qamish:
Ali Suliman
Toni-Ann Marino:
Jamie Neumann

Genres

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama set during World War II. An Algerian immigrant in Paris is pressured by the police to spy in a mosque, where he befriends a Jewish singer and joins the Resistance. Show more

Contributors

Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit:
Michael Lonsdale
Salim Halali:
Mahmud Shalaby
Warba Shlimane/Leila:
Lubna Azabal
Major von Ratibor:
Christopher Buchholz
Inspector:
Bruno Fleury
Gestapo Chief:
Francois Delaive
Police Officer:
Jean-Pierre Becker
Maryvonne:
Marie Berto

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 6

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Being nagged to share key intel with the FBI, Diane Marsh resists, while John O’Neill has a hostile new boss to appease, and young Walla is shipped to Yemen. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt

Genres

Duration: 2 hours, 6 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Drama about an Iranian man who returns to Paris to attend his divorce hearing and finds himself embroiled in the turmoil of his wife's new relationship. Show more

The One Show

25/01/2021

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas are joined by stars of The Serpent, Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim, and Richard Hammond explains why he’s been living on a desert island.

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Jones
Presenter:
Jermaine Jenas
Interviewed Guest:
Jenna Coleman
Interviewed Guest:
Tahar Rahim
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Hammond
Executive Producer:
Rob Unsworth

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Powerful portrayal of the actual events leading up to September 11th 2001. The CIA withholds intel on an al-Qaeda plot, so FBI man John O’Neill hopes a young Muslim agent can help. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Robert Chesney:
Bill Camp
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Deb Fletcher:
Leslie Silva
Ayman al-Zawahiri:
Nasser Faris
John Miller:
CJ Wilson
Toni-Ann Marino:
Jamie Neumann
Mohamad al-Owhali:
Youssef Berouain
Director:
Alex Gibney

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

In Nairobi investigating the US embassy bombing, FBI man Bob Chesney hopes for a miracle, while John O’Neill’s faith in agent Ali Soufan results in him being sent to London. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Robert Chesney:
Bill Camp
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Chief Superintendent Barry James:
Tony Curran
Mohamad al-Owhali:
Youssef Berouain
Jason Sanchez:
Yul Vazquez
Director:
John Dahl

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Arrogant analyst Martin Schmidt advocates bombing an al-Qaeda camp, while FBI men question suspects in Kenya and the UK, but evidence is scarce. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Robert Chesney:
Bill Camp
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Chief Superintendent Barry James:
Tony Curran
Mohamad al-Owhali:
Youssef Berouain
Anas al-Liby:
Ayman Samman
Ayman al-Zawahiri:
Nasser Faris
Writer:
Bash Doran
Director:
John Dahl

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

The CIA analysts make a breakthrough, but Martin Schmidt riles his superiors. Meanwhile John O’Neill is stressed by the Catholic church’s attitude to his messy private life. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Robert Chesney:
Bill Camp
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Director:
Ali Selim
Writer:
Adam Rapp
Ahmed al-Hada:
Nayef Rashed
Khalid al-Mihdhar:
Aladeen Tawfeek
Nawaf al-Hazmi:
Nebras Jamali

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 5

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

December 1999. Ali Soufan breaks stake-out rules over an al-Qaeda money man in Brooklyn, and the CIA believes it has a handle on US-bound terrorists. Show more

Contributors

John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Robert Chesney:
Bill Camp
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Nawaf al-Hazmi:
Nebras Jamali
Director:
Ali Selim

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 8

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

January 2001. John O’Neill’s complicated life takes its toll, while Ali Soufan alienates his contacts in Yemen and Heather back home. The new Bush regime has altered priorities.

Contributors

Director:
Craig Zisk
Writer:
Bash Doran
John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Condoleezza Rice:
Eisa Davis
Floyd Bennet:
Sullivan Jones
Toni-Ann Marino:
Jamie Neumann
Bob Chesney:
Bill Camp
Jason Sanchez:
Yul Vazquez
Mohamed Atta:
Dhafer L'Abidine
Khalid al-Mihdhar:
Tawfeek Barhom
Nawaf al-Hazmi:
Nebras Jamali
General Qamish:
Ali Suliman
John Chihoyne:
Joe Corrigall

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 9

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Increased concern over al-Qaeda activity spurs both the CIA and FBI bosses to backtrack over intel, while John O’Neill hopes to move up in the world. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Craig Zisk
Writer:
Adam Rapp
John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Condoleezza Rice:
Eisa Davis
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Kathy Shaughnessy:
Virginia Kull
Barbara Bodine:
Jennifer Ehle
Toni-Ann Marino:
Jamie Neumann
Bob Chesney:
Bill Camp
Jason Sanchez:
Yul Vazquez
Mohamed Atta:
Dhafer L'Abidine
Khalid al-Mihdhar:
Tawfeek Barhom
Nawaf al-Hazmi:
Nebras Jamali
General Qamish:
Ali Suliman

Genres

The Looming Tower

Series 1

Episode 10

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Powerful conclusion to the fact-based drama. Fearing the worst for John O’Neill in New York, Ali Soufan’s temper causes problems in Yemen. The CIA seeks to protect a prime alliance, and itself. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Craig Zisk
John O'Neill:
Jeff Daniels
Ali Soufan:
Tahar Rahim
Richard Clarke:
Michael Stuhlbarg
George Tenet:
Alec Baldwin
Diane Marsh:
Wrenn Schmidt
Martin Schmidt:
Peter Sarsgaard
Condoleezza Rice:
Eisa Davis
Vince Stuart:
Louis Cancelmi
Bob Chesney:
Bill Camp
General Qamish:
Ali Suliman
Writer:
Ali Selim
Abu Jandal:
Zaki Youssef
John Chihoyne:
Joe Corrigall

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One East

Bangkok, 1975. Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg investigates the disappearance of a young couple who were last seen alive at the apartment of gem dealer Charles Sobhraj.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Helena Dekker:
Ellie De Lange
Director:
Tom Shankland
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Marie-Andrée Leclerc leaves her life behind for the love of Charles Sobhraj but discovers the chilling cost. Herman vows to investigate the murders of the Dutch couple.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Suda Romyen:
Chicha Amatayakul
Director:
Tom Shankland
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Young Frenchman Dominique Renelleau tries to escape Charles Sobhraj’s terrifying lair. As he listens to Nadine and Remi’s testimony, Herman realises the scale of Charles’s crimes.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Dominique Renelleau:
Fabien Frankel
Director:
Tom Shankland
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Charles embarks on a terrifying trail of destruction in Nepal, while Nadine helps Herman gather the final evidence he needs for the police to act.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Nadine Gires:
Mathilde Warnier
Director:
Tom Shankland
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 5

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Herman and Charles engage in an exhausting battle of wits. Herman continues to pile pressure on the Thai police to prosecute the suspects, while Charles perfects his escape plan.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Nadine Gires:
Mathilde Warnier
Director:
Hans Herbots
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 6

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

The fallout from Gautier’s escape threatens Herman’s diplomatic career. Charles attempts to set up business in France, a place that holds powerful memories for him.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Nadine Gires:
Mathilde Warnier
Director:
Hans Herbots
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres

The Serpent

Series 1

Episode 7

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Charles and Marie-Andrée arrive in Paris and attempt to set up a new life. Meanwhile, Herman makes a dangerous gamble in his investigation, which finally brings a breakthrough.

Contributors

Charles Sobhraj:
Tahar Rahim
Marie-Andrée Leclerc:
Jenna Coleman
Herman Knippenberg:
Billy Howle
Angela Knippenberg:
Ellie Bamber
Paul Siemons:
Tim McInnerny
Ajay Chowdhury:
Amesh Edireweera
Nadine Gires:
Mathilde Warnier
Director:
Hans Herbots
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

Genres