Leo Popper

Man of the 20th Century


One-Hour Drama, 26 episodes

Screenwriters: Jan Gardner, Gordon Cameron
Genre: Historical, Adventure, Biographical, Family

“Leo Popper” is a TV series inspired by the bestselling series of books from universally acclaimed Czech author Ota Pavel. Published worldwide, the books, and now this television series, tell the story of his father, Leo Popper - an ordinary man with an extraordinary life.

Leo is the kind of man we’d all like to be. Adventurer, bon vivant, eternal optimist. A man for whom “carpe diem” is not just a slogan, but an instinct. The world is his playground – from the nightclubs of Weimar Germany, to the deserts of Africa, to the tranquil rivers of old Bohemia. Whether fishing for carp, wooing beautiful women, or battling nationalist rebels in far-flung Morocco, Leo views every new encounter as an opportunity to live life to the fullest.

On his travels, Leo meets and befriends a very different character – Christoph, a young, idealistic German struggling to find his calling. As serious as Leo is light-hearted, Christoph makes an ideal companion for his brave but reckless friend.

While Europe spins from one crisis to another – the depression of the 1930s, the rise of Fascism, a world war, and the onset of Communist tyranny – Leo and Christoph struggle to make their way in a constantly changing world. Christoph makes a Faustian bargain with the rising National Socialist party – setting him on a collision course with the Jewish Leo, whose entire family comes into peril as Czechoslovakia is swiftly devoured by the Nazi war machine. The war over, it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Leo, who finds life under Communism has its own dangers, while Christoph scampers to escape the consequences of his fateful association with the Third Reich.