DESCRIPTION: (from ION's press release) ION Television, the "Positively Entertaining" general entertainment network available to over 94 million homes, today announced the U.S. debut of The Diplomat,a four-hour original production making its television premiere on ION Television on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Produced by RHI Entertainment, the leader in the production and distribution of groundbreaking movies, miniseries and series for television, the miniseries will be broadcast in its entirety in one evening. Inspired by actual incidents, including the 1997 theft of five Soviet built nuclear "suitcase bombs," The Diplomat stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission Impossible II, RHI's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) as Ian Porter, a disillusioned British diplomat haunted by personal tragedy, who is believed to be doing business with a Russian arms and drugs trafficker. When he refuses to cooperate with Scotland Yard, suspicions mount and Porter must try to complete his secret mission before warring intelligence agencies and incompetent police forces cause irreparable damage to worldwide security.