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


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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