Christabel (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Based on The Past Is Myself
by Christabel Bielenberg
Written by Dennis Potter
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Starring Elizabeth Hurley
Stephen Dillane
Nigel Le Vaillant
Geoffrey Palmer
Ann Bell
Composer(s) Stanley Myers
Country of origin Great Britain
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) Kenith Trodd
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Editor(s) Clare Douglas
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC2
Original release November 16 (1988-11-16) – December 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)

Christabel is a four-part British drama series first shown on BBC2 between 16 November and 7 December 1988.[1]

It is based on the memoirs of Christabel Bielenberg, an English woman married to a German lawyer during World War II. The screenplay was written by Dennis Potter, and was directed by Adrian Shergold. Each episode runs around 65 minutes. It stars Elizabeth Hurley in the lead role (in one of her earliest leading roles).

Part of the series was filmed at the disused Camperdown Works jute mill complex in Dundee, which doubled for 1940s Berlin.[2]


Actor Role
Elizabeth Hurley Christabel Bielenberg
Stephen Dillane Peter Bielenberg
Geoffrey Palmer Mr Burton
Ann Bell Mrs Burton
Nigel Le Vaillant Adam von Trott zu Solz
Sam Kelly Carl Langbehn


  1. ^ Christabel, BFI Film & TV database
  2. ^ Watson, Mark (1990). Jute and Flax Mills in Dundee. Tayport: Hutton Press. p. 157. ISBN 0-907033-51-2. 

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