Filmed on location in Pakistan, Hamburg, and London, this tense and gripping British series journeys through the twilight world of the international drug trade. Seen on Masterpiece Theatre in 1990, it won an international Emmy® and inspired Steven Soderbergh's Oscar®-winning film. Bill Paterson (Smiley's People), Lindsay Duncan (Rome), and Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) star. "Complex and riveting"--New York Times. SDH subtitles; approx. 305 min. on 2 DVDs. Exclusive.
Episode One: The Farmer
Helen, the British wife of a successful German businessman, takes a daring course of action after her husband's arrest for drug trafficking in Hamburg. Meanwhile, on a fact-finding mission to Pakistan, British official Jack Lithgow has an eye-opening encounter with Fazal, a local poppy farmer.
Episode Two: The Addict
In Britain, Jack deals with a family crisis when his daughter Caroline gets busted for drugs. In Germany, Helen attempts to collect from her husband's dealers, with disastrous results. And in Karachi, out-of-work Fazal falls into the orbit of Tariq Butt, a powerful Pakistani drug lord.
Episode Three: The Criminal
Increasingly desperate after the kidnapping of her son, Helen turns back to smuggling, despite constant police surveillance. While Jack's marriage disintegrates in Britain, Fazal's new job as Tariq's chauffeur puts him in a perfect position to witness his boss exercise power.
Episode Four: The Chemist
Already under heavy pressure from the Home Office, Jack faces a new, more serious crisis with Caroline. At a remote heroin lab in Pakistan, Tariq confronts a recalcitrant chemist and tests Fazal's loyalty. Helen boldly attempts to influence the outcome of her husband's trial.
Episode Five: The Politician
In Pakistan to sign the aid agreement, Jack insists on the arrests of specific traffickers. Ultimately, his demands have devastating consequences for Fazal. Helen ventures a deal with Tariq, but she must first win his trust.
Episode Six: The Courier
Jack returns to Britain utterly changed, his career and family in ruins. As police prepare to close in on Helen, Fazal's wife agrees to smuggle heroin for Tariq to secure her husband's freedom.
- Interview with writer Simon Moore and producer Brian Eastman
- Extended U.K. broadcast version of episode 6
- Photo gallery
- Production notes
- Cast filmographies
Run Time: 305 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
SDH: Yes, main program only
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"Delivers a solid punch"--USA Today
"Complex and riveting"--The New York Times
"Gripping . . . instantly absorbing"--The Washington Post
"A needle-sharp thriller"--LA Times
International Emmy Award Winner for Best Drama (1989)
BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Drama Series/Serial (1990)
BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Design (1990)
BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Film Cameraman (1990)
BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Film Sound (1990)
Banff Television Festival Award Winner: Grand Prize (1990)
Broadcasting Press Guild Award Winner for Best Drama Series (1990)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Film Editor (1990)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (1990)
Royal Television Society (UK) Nomination for Best Drama Serial (1990)