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)
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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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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According to website Wikipedia, "the Cambridge Spy Ring was a ring of spies recruited in part by Soviet scout Arnold Deutsch in the United Kingdom, who passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and was active at least into the early 1950s. Four members of the ring were originally identified: Kim Philby (cryptonym: Stanley), Donald Duart Maclean (cryptonym: Homer), Guy Burgess (cryptonym: Hicks) and Anthony Blunt (cryptonyms: Tony, Johnson). Once jointly known as the Cambridge Four and later as the Cambridge Five, the number increased as more evidence came to light." See more »

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An exterior shot in Cambridge prominently features black-and-gold pedestrian signposts that did not appear in English cities until several decades later. See more »

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[repeated line]
Guy Burgess: February the nineteenth.
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Version of Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977) See more »

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Jerusalem
by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
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Amazing
23 May 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The BBC has once again shown that they can still create top quality drama. While there may be some historical issues with the script, one has to admire the fact that the characters are portrayed accurately and convincingly. Having just seen the last of the four-part series, I can comment that for entertainment value it is top notch.

Sure, some may argue the historical facts are inaccurate, or that the light spun upon the situation is somewhat different to how it was at the time, but much information about the infamous Cambridge spies is uncertain at best - in particular Kim Philby (Toby Stephens) is somewhat a mystery even today. Do not be fooled into thinking that this series is a documentary, it isn't. However, you will be forgiven for thinking that you are watching the actual events, with the locations, pieces and acting all first class.

Watch it with an open mind, as if it is fictional. You will be greatly rewarded, excited and even humoured at how four masterminds underplayed the archaic MI6 for their principals. I'd certainly recommend it.

Overall: 9/10 - Losing the ultimate 1 mark for seeming rushed in parts and sometimes making it hard to understand the relationships between the very complex characters - particularly at the start of the series.


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