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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 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)
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 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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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 nickname of Harold Philby (Toby Stephens) was "Kim". See more »

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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 »

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Guy Burgess: My father died fucking my mother. I heard her calling, or bleating really. And I came into the room and for a horrible moment I thought I'd got it wrong and that her calls for help were in fact small bleats of pleasure. She's got a narrow range of expression, my mother.
Donald Maclean: Why are you telling me this?
Guy Burgess: I had to roll him off. And I rolled him a bit too vigorously and he fell off my mother, off the bed and onto the floor and broke his arm. I mean he was dead, of course, so he didn't mind. But it made...
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Version of Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977) See more »

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Alleleuia Chorus from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel
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Gripping
16 May 2003 | by (Milton Keynes) – See all my reviews

Only halfway through the 4-part series so far but Cambridge Spies has definitely lived up to my expectations. Much impressed by the excellent Toby Stephens, having seen how versatile he can be from: Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Sunset Heights, Great Gatsby and of course Die Another Day! I have to say what a superb actor Tom Holland is too. Putting aside historical inaccuracies (this has never claimed to be a documentary anyway) in favour of sheer entertainment value, this is proving to be a fast-moving, truly gripping drama. I'm hooked!


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