The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
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Cast

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 Guy Burgess (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Kim Philby (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Donald Maclean (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Anthony Blunt (4 episodes, 2003)
Stuart Laing ...
 Jack Hewit (3 episodes, 2003)
Darrell D'Silva ...
 Henry (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Melinda Maclean (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Colonel Winter (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Otto (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Guy Liddell (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Julian Bell (2 episodes, 2003)
Colin Higgins ...
 Porter (2 episodes, 2003)
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 James Angleton (2 episodes, 2003)
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 The Queen (2 episodes, 2003)
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The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

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The number of episodes in this BBC spy television mini-series totals to four. See more »

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In the very first scene, in the chapel, the choirs lips do not match what they are singing. See more »

Quotes

Guy Burgess: Is it the uniforms, Givens?
Charlie Givens: Keep out of this.
Guy Burgess: Rowing eights, rugby fifteens. Large groups of men wearing the same clothes. Is that the attraction?
Charlie Givens: Shut up.
Guy Burgess: The best clothes are in Berlin, aren't they. Black boots, leather belts. Click your heels, Givens. Click, click, click.
Charlie Givens: I'm warning you, keep out of this.
Guy Burgess: Keep out? But that's the whole point, isn't it. Not keeping out.
Charlie Givens: You're a bloody ponce.
Guy Burgess: Hit me, go on. It's what you do, isn't it? Go on Givens, hit the bloody ponce.
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First Class TV
19 May 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

High production values and a great story drive this excellent show along at just the right pace. Never rushed or drawn-out. A few oddities with the script - some things don't seem to flow right but minor. Perhaps the editor put a few bits of film in the wrong place! David Higgs' photography is a joy to watch - it would almost be worth watching without any sound! Aspiring DPs (directors of photography)should look at his lighting, framing and camera movement. Lovely use of long lenses to separate the characters from the background. Older DPs should start to worry!


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