The chilling assassination of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London proved to be a terrifying portent of crimes to come from Vladimir Putin’s Russian kleptocracy.
Taking place, as it did, on the streets of the UK, it was also ripe for a TV drama, and that’s exactly what has now happened, some sixteen years after the tragic episode.
The saga has now been turned into a four-part drama series that, as with so many British dramas of this type, has it all; a tight script, great action, a high-quality cast, and much more.
Litvinenko is, however, not being broadcast everywhere. So, if you are out of one of the countries temporarily where it is being broadcast, you will need some help to watch this gripping drama. And that’s where we come in.
Where is Litvinenko being shown?
Litvinenko is being broadcast in the UK on ITV. It is also being streamed live, on-demand, and most importantly, for free, on the ITV X streaming service (recently rebranded from ITV Hub).
There are a few other countries where you can watch Litvinenko too.
If you are anywhere else and cannot tune into one of these channels, you will need some additional help if you want to watch Litvinenko.
How do I watch Litvinenko where I am?
To watch Litvinenko elsewhere in the world, you will need the help of a VPN app.
A VPN is a simple tool or app that works by redirecting all your internet data via an external server to hide your true location. A VPN will give you data a new location stamp based upon where the server is, and this is the clever bit.
VPN servers can be located anywhere, so to unblock Litvinenko on the ITV X service (or one of the others), you will simply need to connect to a UK (or the appropriate country) based server and then log in as usual.
ITV X (and the others) will think you are at home, even if you aren’t, and let you stream Litvinenko no matter where in the world you are.
This is great if you’re off on holiday or have to travel overseas for work and don’t want to miss the show.
Where to get a VPN?
This is the tricky bit because there are tons of different VPNs out there, but not all of them are suitable for streaming Litvinenko abroad.
You will need to find a VPN that works with the ITV X streaming service, that has fast and reliable connection speeds, lots of servers in the UK (or wherever you need them), and apps for the right devices for your streaming needs.
ExpressVPN is the one to go for. It offers all of the above plus it has an excellent 30-day money-back guarantee too.
However, the choice is entirely yours!
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How to stream Litvinenko in any country
As soon as you have made your decision, you need to set your VPN up, and the good news is that this is far easier than you might think.
To help you get things in place in just a few minutes, we have compiled a simple step-by-step guide that you can follow:
Visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking a link on this page and sign up for one of their packages. We recommend the 12-month deal, as it will save you 49% and give you an extra three months for free.
Next, download the ExpressVPN app. You can grab this from the ExpressVPN website or your regular app store.
Open the app and log in to your ExpressVPN account using the details given to you at the end of step 1.
Connect to a server located in the UK (or the appropriate country for your streaming service) by clicking Selected Location and then choosing the United Kingdom.
Lastly, press the Connect button and then wait a few seconds for ExpressVPN to establish a connection.
Open the ITV X app or website, log into your account, then search for Litvinenko in their library, sit back, and enjoy a piece of British drama at its very best.
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What is Litvinenko all about?
Alexander Litvinenko was a former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer who defected to the UK and was living in London. He was advising British intelligence on Putin’s Russia and is the man credited with coining the term ‘Mafia State’, to describe Putin’s Russia.
He was well aware of the risks this decision placed him under, and in 2006, the worst happened, and the FSB got to him.
But he wasn’t shot or stabbed. Instead, he was poisoned using polonium-210, which is highly toxic and radioactive. He was in hospital for almost a month before dying and was able to tell British authorities exactly what happened to him.
But accusing another state of an assassination of this type is no easy diplomatic step, and, as well as documenting his assassination, this show also details the efforts of his wife, Marina, and the efforts she went to in order to get British authorities to confirm the identity of his killers.
As the ITV blurb ahead of this series neatly summarised, “this is an important story that documents a long police investigation and a powerful campaign for justice by his wife, Marina. It is going to make a compelling drama.”
It certainly does.
Who stars in Litvinenko?
The role of his wife Marina is played superbly too, by Margarita Levieva, a Russian-American actress best known for her roles in In from the Cold, The Deuce, and revenge.
Another fixture on British TV screens, Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Unforgotten, The Rig), plays Scotland Yard officer Clive Timmons while another police officer, Brent Hyatt, is played by Neil Maskell (The Football Factory, Peaky Blinders).
Litvinenko promises to be one of the TV events of the year, and you won’t want to miss it. But unless you are in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, or the USA, you will need a VPN to help you.
ExpressVPN is the one to go for.
All you need to do is download the app, log in, connect to a UK-based server (or the appropriate country), and then log into the ITV X app or website as usual.
Expect drama and trauma, but also plenty of police procedural and some cracking performances too. Litvinenko really is British drama at its best.
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