Adolf Eichmann, one of the Second World War’s most notorious figures and chief architect of the Nazis’ ‘final solution’ plan to exterminate Europe’s Jews, will be the subject of a new BBC2 film, The Eichmann Show, which will focus on the 1961 trial of one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. The original trial was broadcast to 37 countries over four months and marked the first worldwide television event, captivating the world with its first-hand testimonies from survivors recounting the evils of the death camps. An estimated 80% of the German population watched at least one hour a week with some reported to have fainted when they saw it.
Freeman, who was most recently seen in the brilliant FX series, Fargo, and who also stars as Dr. John Watson in the BBC1/PBS series, Sherlock, will play TV producer Milton Fruchtman in the 90-minute drama with Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) cast as TV director Leo Hurwitz.
Eichmann was captured by Israeli secret agents in Buenos Aires and transported to Israel in 1960 where he was tried a year later and subsequently hanged in 1962. The Eichmann Show centers around the broadcast of Eichmann’s trial and will be the centerpiece of a series of BBC1 and BBC2 programs marking Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.