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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 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 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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Actor Toby Stephens starred as the arch villain Gustav Graves in the previous year's James Bond movie Die Another Day (2002). See more »

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There is a scene with a steam train leaving a station during World War 2 with the blue double-oval "First" sign (for First Class) on the window and the red triangle "No Smoking" sign also on a window. Both these signs were not introduced until the railways were nationalized in 1948 and became British Railways. 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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written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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High on drama, low in substance
16 April 2009 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Since no one has said so yet, it seems necessary to add this.

The series is an excellent drama, in every way - no doubt about that. Well worth watching.

BUT.

And that is the point: The subject of this drama is politics, international affairs, government, intelligence - and these are largely absent from the drama.

So if you are prepared to enjoy a view of the events from the perspective of the personal lives of the main characters, then all is fine. But if you were looking for more than tenuous references to the events and forces at play in the world, and an account of how the characters of the story were involved in those events and forces, you will miss something...

This is not to say that it's a bad drama - it's still excellent. And lavishly designed and produced.

But those political events and forces were of historic importance. At a time where the world was still strongly driven by ideological currents, and there was a ruthless struggle for world domination.

In my view, that is even higher drama, and I missed those connections.


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