False Witness is set in present day Sydney, Tajikistan and London. The mini-series is inspired by real incidents known to international security agencies, including the 1997 theft of five Soviet built nuclear “suitcase bombs”, and explores a scenario that could lead to the West’s worst nightmare – a nuclear attack.
British diplomat Ian Porter is apprehended at Heathrow airport in possession of 20 kilos of heroin. Porter’s unwillingness to co-operate leaves Scotland Yard Inspector Julie Hales believing he is doing business with Russian arms and drugs trafficker Sergei Krousov.
Unaware that Krousov has intentions to sell a suitcase bomb, Scotland Yard offers to cut Porter a deal to turn on Krousov. In return, they’ll grant him immunity from prosecution and entry into their International Witness Protection Scheme.
Chief Inspector Hales accompanies Porter and his wife Pippa to Sydney, where chameleon Porter believes his handler at MI6 (Richard Roxburgh as Van Koors) can manipulate the Australian Federal Police protection team to allow him to complete his mission.
Australian Federal Police agent Mark Wilson and Hales have no idea of Porter’s MI6 links, so when their security is stunningly breached all hell breaks loose.
Taking you to the edge of your seat and beyond, False Witness navigates the murky world of international intelligence with an explosive and unstoppable chain reaction of events.
Stars: Dougray Scott as Ian Porter (Desperate Housewives; Mission Impossible II); Rachael Blake as Chief Inspector Hales (Lantana; Suburban Shootout); Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Mark Wilson (Sea Patrol, Something in the Air); Claire Forlani as Pippa Porter (CSI:NY); Richard Roxburgh as Van Koors (Like Minds; Mission Impossible II) and Don Hany as Sergei Krusov (Underbelly, East West 101)
Writer, Peter Gawler; Director/Producer, Peter Andrikidis; Producer/Concept, Greg Haddrick; Executive Producers, Des Monaghan and Brendan Dahill.