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Polonium & the Piano Player

Podcast Series Polonium & the Piano Player

It's November 2006 and piano player Derek Conlon is unwittingly sucked into one of the world’s most notorious assassinations when ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is attacked with the nuclear poison — Polonium 210, in London’s 5-Star Millennium Hotel. Witness, suspect and possibly a target of the Russia state, Derek Conlon’s fate hangs in the balance. From Sky News StoryCast.

Series Episodes

PART 4: The Reckoning

PART 4: The Reckoning

With relations between London and Moscow deteriorating, Derek Conlon escapes to a new life, but destiny and the nuclear poison appear to have decided his fate. Narrated by Diana Magnay. Written and produced by Robert Mulhern. Production support by Chris Scott, and Dave Terris. Musical credit: "Olive" by Jake Chudnow, Original instrumentals by Derek Conlon. Digital by Phil Whiteside and Ronan Hughes. Legal support by Matt McKenzie. Graphics and Design by Matt Simpson and Sophia Leale. Continuity announcement -- Kit Bradshaw. Video by Alex Marshall and Cat Roper Davies. Social Media support from Adam Tate. Archive from Simon Windsor and thanks to former Moscow Correspondent Alex Rossi.

32 mins

3 August 2020 Finished

PART 3: Victims and suspects

PART 3: Victims and suspects

As one of the biggest police investigations in British history gets underway, Derek Conlon is astonished to learn that he too has been poisoned. But having crossed into the world of espionage, that’s only the beginning of his problems. Episode 4 released Monday August 3, 2020. Narrated by Diana Magnay. Written and produced by Robert Mulhern. Production support by Chris Scott, and Dave Terris. Original Music by Derek Conlon. Digital by Phil Whiteside and Ronan Hughes. Legal support by Matt McKenzie. Graphics and Design by Matt Simpson and Sophia Leale. Continuity announcement by Kit Bradshaw. Video by Alex Marshall and Cat Roper Davies. Social Media support from Adam Tate. Archive from Simon Windsor and thanks to former Moscow Correspondent Alex Rossi.

28 mins

27 July 2020 Finished

PART 2: The Poisoning

PART 2: The Poisoning

A former KGB agent takes us deep into the world of the Russian spies who have just poisoned Alexander Litvinenko and piano player Derek Conlon using a miniature nuclear weapon. (Episode 3 released 27th July). Narrated by Diana Magnay. Produced by Robert Mulhern

23 mins

20 July 2020 Finished

PART 1: A Nuclear Connection

PART 1: A Nuclear Connection

Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is lured by Russian agents to a meeting in a 5-star London hotel. What happens next will change his life, the relationship between the UK and Russia, and suck the hotel's piano player Derek Conlon into a world of espionage and murder. (Episode 2 released Monday 20 July). Narrated by Diana Magnay. Produced by Robert Mulhern

27 mins

13 July 2020 Finished

Introducing...Polonium & the Piano Player

Introducing...Polonium & the Piano Player

Two Russians agents release a miniature nuclear weapon in a 5-star London hotel. But former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is not the only victim? From Sky News StoryCast.

2 mins

7 July 2020 Finished

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