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Three Days That Shook the World is a radio play by Penny Gold. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 20 October 2006, as an installment of the Afternoon Play[1].


A reconstruction of the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991, based on Gorbachev's own account.

Imprisoned in a Black Sea dacha with all communications severed, Gorbachev and his family negotiate for their lives, whilst the coup leaders attempt to win the country's support and reverse the reforms of the previous years.


  • Mikhail Gorbachev....John Shrapnel
  • Raisa Gorbachev....Frances Jeater
  • Irina....Frances Grey
  • Anatoly....Stephen Perring
  • Kseniya....Lavinia Redman
  • Anuska....Annie Tricks
  • Oleg....Robert Gwilym
  • Baklanov....Bill Wallis
  • Boldin....Paul Humpoletz
  • General Verenniko....Cornelius Garrett

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