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
 Narrator 11 episodes, 1983
 Cummings 10 episodes, 1983
 Dzerzhinsky 6 episodes, 1983
Jeananne Crowley ...
 Margaret 5 episodes, 1983
 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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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 this show. 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 »


Mrs. Fried: Live for the present, die for the future.
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from "The Gadfly"
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Theme music of the miniseries (opening and closing credits)
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Reilly Ace of Spies well worth viewing. The Theme music particularly good.
18 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

My wife and I lived in London for a couple of years during the 90's.

We watched the British TV programs on Saturday night and enjoyed the British humor.

I think it was in 1983 when we watched a series, Reilly Ace of Spies.

Sam Neil was the major actor.

Neil's performance was riveting. We could hardly wait for the next weekend to see the next episode.

I went on line a couple of weeks ago and found that the series was available on DVD and ordered the set.

We have since watched all 12 episodes. We enjoyed as much or more than we did when we viewed them in 1983.

The musical theme for the series by Harry Rabinowitz was really great. We would sure like to get a CD of the theme played completely.

Does anyone know if the theme music is available somewhere? Sure would appreciate any help in obtaining a CD of it.

Thanks for any help you may offer.


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