Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what ... See full summary »
A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »
This mini-series' writer Peter Moffat said of this production: "This is the story of four young but devastatingly effective double-agents who knew from the start that they stood or fell together. Burgess is the loudest spy in the history of espionage, a gifted gob and wicked wit. Philby is the most successful spy of the lot, becoming Head of Counter-Intelligence in MI6. Blunt is cool, viciously funny and clever, while Maclean veers between being warm and friendly and drunk and difficult. Until Burgess and Maclean's desperate flight to Moscow on 23 June 1951 they live in each other's pockets."" See more »
Spanish Civil War began in 1936. Prince of Wales became Edward VIII in January of that year. The prince could not have been at aristocrat's house after the war had begun. See more »
It's a simple, unavoidable choice, Donald. Communism or fascism. Everything in the middle has gone to sleep. To fight fascism you have to be a communist. Anything else is appeasement.
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What a superb series the BBC has made in Cambridge Spies! The cast are really fantastic. My favourite actor has to be Imelda Staunton as the late Queen Mother. She has some of the best lines and delivers them so well. The leads are cast very well indeed. Tom Hollander is suitably seedy as Guy Burgess, Samuel West is very starchy and upper class as Blunt, Rupert Penry-Jones is wonderful as the handsome but flawed Donald Maclean and Toby Stephens is delightfully dislikable as Kim Philby. These characters are thoroughly entertaining and horrible in the extreme in their betrayal of King and Country. The cloak and dagger feel of the piece is wonderful. The settings are really great too. Cambridge is so beautiful. The writers should be congratulated in keeping the pace moving so well. All in all BBC you have done it again. I wish we saw more quality drama like Cambridge Spies!
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