Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)

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A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

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Series cast summary:
 Sidney Reilly (12 episodes, 1983)
Michael Bryant ...
 Narrator (11 episodes, 1983)
Norman Rodway ...
 Cummings (10 episodes, 1983)
 Dzerzhinsky (6 episodes, 1983)
 Hill (6 episodes, 1983)
Jeananne Crowley ...
 Margaret (5 episodes, 1983)
Clive Merrison ...
 Savinkov (5 episodes, 1983)


A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

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Release Date:

5 September 1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Reilly - As de espías  »

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Did You Know?


In 1895 Sidney Reilly had an affair with Ethel Lillian Voynich, a married Russian author. In 1897 Voynich wrote a popular novel, The Gadfly. It was rumored that the adventurous hero of the novel was based on Reilly. In 1956, the novel was made into a movie and Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to compose the music. The same music, "The Gadfly-Romance", is heard as the theme to the Reilly: Ace of Spies television production. See more »


Nadia Massino did not marry Alfred Nobel - he died a bachelor in 1896 and according to the series, Reilly met her in the 20th century. Feliz Dzerzhinsky never met Reilly, and did not carry out the interrogation or execution. Reilly also was not connected with the forged letter that toppled the British government. See more »


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Referenced in Inside 'The Living Daylights' (2000) See more »


from "The Gadfly"
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Theme music of the miniseries (opening and closing credits)
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Reilly:Ace of spies
12 March 2007 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Some 20 years ago I saw Sidney Reilly at work for the first time. Last week my husband and I watched "ace of spies" on DVD and We where amazed that the series looks not at all old fashion TV.It was still very much 21st century work and the acting of Sam Neill is still accurate to this day.I fell in love all over again.Today I began to read the book again. I like the work of Sam Neill very much.I think he's an underrated actor and like to see him more in features. But returning to Reilly it was ahead of his time so I give Thames TV a lot of credit to do this project more than 20 years ago. I hope there is a producer bold enough to make a film of Reilly that can reach the quality of the series. Christa

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