Ambassadors. Image shows from L to R: Neil Tilly (Robert Webb), Keith Davis (David Mitchell).


BBC Two comedy drama. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars David Mitchell, Debbie Chazen, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Dimsdale, Richard Katz, George Lasha, Sevan Stephan and others.

Series 1, Episode 3 - The Tazbek Spring

The ambassador is woken by the arrival of Mr Jackson, a legendary Foreign Office interrogation specialist who has arrived to 'vet' all embassy staff to ascertain if any of them have been spying.

Further details

Ambassadors. Keith Davis (David Mitchell). Copyright: Big Talk Productions / That Mitchell & Webb Company.

Ambassador Davis and his wife, Jennifer, are marking the President's Platinum Jubilee with a party at the residence. However, the evening is disrupted by gunfire and explosions on the streets of the capital as an anti-government rebellion breaks out - and cuts the power.

Later that night, the ambassador is woken by the arrival of Mr Jackson, a legendary Foreign Office interrogation specialist who has arrived to 'vet' all embassy staff to ascertain if any of them have been spying. This is bad news for Neil who, blackmailed by the Tazbek secret police, has been passing them classified information, such as Lembit Opik's home phone number.

As the rebellion intensifies, the ambassador has to make a difficult decision. With London breathing down his neck to know which side they need to support, should he risk his career attempting to make contact with the rebel leader or stick to his usual cautious attitude of waiting to see how events transpire?

Thrown out of his comfort zone by an incisive analysis of his character flaws by Mr Jackson and the pleas of his wife Jennifer to do something to stop people being slaughtered on the streets, Davis is sparked into a courageous but possibly doomed mission into the heart of the Tazbek rebellion.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th November 2013
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Mitchell Keith Davis
    Debbie Chazen Ludmilla
    Matthew Macfadyen POD
    Oliver Dimsdale French Ambassador
    George Lasha Tall Surveillance Man
    Sevan Stephan Short Surveillance Man
    Velibor Topic Svecko
    Andy Lucas Sergei
    James Doherty Kevin
    Lachele Carl US Ambassador
    Jenny Galloway Mrs Petrova
    Isobel Pravda Anya
    Robert Webb Neil Tilly
    Keeley Hawes Jennifer
    Susan Lynch Caitlin
    Amara Karan Isabel
    Shivani Ghai Natalia
    Yigal Naor (as Igal Naor) President Karzak
    Natalia Tena Tanya
    Guest cast
    Lydia Leonard Fergana
    Michael Smiley Jackson
    Umit Ulgen Oybek Yerzhan
    Uriel Emil Captain
    Aleksandar Aleksiev Rebel
    Marat Berdyyev Checkpoint Soldier
    Ralph Ineson Captain Jones
    Writing team
    James Wood Writer
    Rupert Walters Writer
    Production team
    Jeremy Webb Director
    Chris Carey Producer
    Kenton Allen Executive Producer
    Luke Alkin Executive Producer
    Chris Sussman Executive Producer
    Matthew Justice Executive Producer
    David Mitchell Executive Producer
    Robert Webb Executive Producer
    James Wood Associate Producer
    Rupert Walters Associate Producer
    Crispin Green Editor
    Tom Bowyer Production Designer
    Daniel Pemberton Composer


    Civil Unrest

    Civil unrest disrupts the Jubilee celebrations.

    Featuring: David Mitchell (Keith Davis), Lydia Leonard (Fergana), Robert Webb (Neil Tilly), Keeley Hawes (Jennifer), Susan Lynch (Caitlin), Amara Karan (Isabel), Shivani Ghai (Natalia), Igal Naor (President Karzak), Natalia Tena (Tanya).


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