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Wrath of the Tsar

The titan of Russia.

He could do anything. Build a navy, an army…a whole new capital city. He was the boy tsar who became a giant.

Tsar Peter I of Russia, known as Peter the Great, was great at almost everything…except fatherhood. Peter the Great transformed Russia from an isolated and primitive borderland into an 18th century powerhouse, yet remained consumed by fears that his own son, Alexei Petrovich Romanov, was seeking to overthrow him. How did Peter rise to such magnificent power? And what fueled him to sentence his son to prison? We examine the facts behind the life, the dynasty and the empire of Peter the Great.

Producers & Writers
Don Campbell
Doug Shultz
Don Campbell
Jessie Vogelson
Eark Fason
Molly Mckinley
Original Music
Gary Pozner
Executive Producer
Peter Schnall
Location Producer
Sasha Predovsky
Director of Photography
Viktor Gonchar
Assistant Director
Kira Sinelschikova
Coordinating Producers
Whitney Johnson
Kristina Ver
James Lurie
Researcher & Stock Footage Researcher
David Schein
Assistant Editor
Alex Meistrell
Additional Cinematography
Hunt Mead
David Shadrack Smith
Sound Recordists
Caleb Mose
David Streit
J.T. Takagi
Luke Deikis
P.J. Brockett
Additional Music
Seth Stachowski
Maps & Animation
Ricardo Andrade,
National Geographic Television
Paul Ranson,
Ailanthus Inc.
Blerti Nurathaj
Sound Design & Mix
Pat Donohue
Yevgheny Lepekha - Peter the Great
Anton Zabelin– Teen Peter the Great
Roman Nesterenko– Alexei Romanov
Pavel Sergienko - King Charles XII
Artyom Racheev– Young Peter the Great
Nikita Leitland - Young Alexei Romanov
Production Manager
Linda Predovsky
Additional Cinematography
Dima Plusnin
Kirill Goretsky
2nd assistant director
Daniel Anderson
Still Photographer
Nick Vogelson
Office Coordinator
Jessica Applebaum
Production Accountants
Rebecca Cohen
Brian Minahan
Paul Kendall
Lindsay Wile
Legal Services
Kenneth Weinrib
Matthew Lefferts
Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassalo p.c.
Special Thanks
Novojilov Anatoliy & Kopyl Viacheslav
Setolovo Tank Training Ground
Yulia Diakova, State Museum Oranienbaum
Father Efimiy, Tikhvin Male Monestary
Ludmila Kurenkova,
Summer Palace, Russian Museum
Lampova Village, Gatchina District
Sergei Leonov
Father Markel, Feodorovsky Cathedral
Oreshek State Museum of History
Vladimir Martus, Shtandart
Artyom Matusov
Elena Morozova
Railway House, Museum Agency
Shuvalovka Russian Village
Father Viktor, Smolenskiy Cathedral

—For National Geographic Channel—
Executive Producer
John Bowman
Senior Vice President, Production
Michael Cascio
Executive in Charge of Production
John B. Ford