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)
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 »


Mrs. Fried: Live for the present, die for the future.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sinister Urge (1994) See more »


from "The Gadfly"
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Theme music of the miniseries (opening and closing credits)
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6 February 2004 | by (Brantford, Canada) – See all my reviews

When the series first came out it captivated me and to this day I have not been able to find the complete series on either VHS or DVD. It is one of those TV mini-series that the Brits do so well and Sam Neill is just superb in the lead role. The VHS listed is the first episode and in case you are wondering it gets better. I do wish that now they are bringing out series like "Friends" and "Cheers" on DVD that they (whoever they are) would look into bringing out the complete series of this great piece of work. I'm afraid the quality of the picture might be poor (as I found out when I got "Piece of Cake") but it would be still worth it. Rating 876 out of 880!!!!

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