Stylised and edgy, the titles bring to life the trail of blood at the heart of the series in an animated sequence inspired by classic Bond titles sequences, Saul Bass techniques and Russian propaganda art.
The title sequence is, essentially, a short film in itself, one that captures the essence of the show and illustrates its twists and turns against the London underworld backdrop. The animation, muted palette, art direction and music track are very memorable.
Directed by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Jed Rothstein (Killing In The Name, WeWork), the six-part series is produced by Oscar® and Emmy® winning production company, Rise Films in association with Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, BuzzFeed Studios and Concordia Studio for Sky Documentaries.
Investigative reporter Heidi Blake receives a tip on the death of a multi-millionaire property tycoon, leading her to uncover a web of death that entangles Russian oligarchs,?10 Downing Street and Washington, D.C.?Set across Vladimir Putin’s two decades in power,?ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDONGRAD?charts how the UK became reliant on Russian money and missed opportunities to contain the Kremlin.
The timely series explores fourteen mysterious deaths in the UK with alleged connections to Russia, delving into the hidden underworld of Russian exiles in London to link some of the most internationally significant cases in living memory — including the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the suspicious death of oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.?ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDONGRAD?is both a cautionary tale and an origins story of Russia’s?path to eventually invading Ukraine.