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Fall of the Shah

Ep1. An island of stability

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

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Something is coming. Can America's friendship with Iran survive? US President Jimmy Carter visits Tehran in December 1977. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Farah Pahlavi:
Nathalie Armin
Rosalynn Carter:
Carolyn Pickles
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 3. An audience with the Ayatollah

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

The man behind the protests. In episode three of the drama, a young journalist goes to France to meet the Ayatollah. #FalloftheShah

Contributors

Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
American journalist:
David Seddon
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 4. No instructions

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

The Shah asks for help from the US, but they have problems of their own. Protesters are taking over large parts of Tehran. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Tony Parsons:
Sam Dale
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 5. A passion play

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

Available for years

The Americans are arguing with themselves. Should the US support the Shah? Meanwhile, there’s more violence on the Iranian streets. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Gary Sick:
David Seddon
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 6. Shah raft

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

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The Shah is forced to quit Iran to make way for the new prime minister. Sharpour Bakhtiar is a liberal – and a former prisoner of the Shah. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 7. The return of the hidden imam

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service AustralasiaLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Millions gather in Iran’s streets to welcome the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. But can the new prime minister maintain order? #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 8. The collapse

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World ServiceLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

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Protesters surround the US Embassy. Meanwhile, there’s a power clash in the race to become Iran’s new prime minister. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Gary Sick:
David Seddon
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Sadegh Khalkhali:
Bhasker Patel
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 9. God’s government

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World ServiceLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Enemies are put on trial as Ayatollah Khomeini consolidates his power. But is this justice, or a desire for revenge? #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
Sadegh Khalkhali:
Bhasker Patel
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 2. Black Friday

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

Available for years

Protesters take to the streets, inspired by exiled religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. The Shah mobilises his army. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

General Oveissi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Nargess:
Sara Zeymour
The Major:
Paul Chahidi
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby