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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Series cast summary:
 Guy Burgess (4 episodes, 2003)
 Kim Philby (4 episodes, 2003)
 Donald Maclean (4 episodes, 2003)
 Anthony Blunt (4 episodes, 2003)
Stuart Laing ...
 Jack Hewit (3 episodes, 2003)
 Henry (2 episodes, 2003)
 Melinda Maclean (2 episodes, 2003)
 Colonel Winter (2 episodes, 2003)
 Otto (2 episodes, 2003)
 Guy Liddell (2 episodes, 2003)
 Julian Bell (2 episodes, 2003)
Colin Higgins ...
 Porter (2 episodes, 2003)
 James Angleton (2 episodes, 2003)
 The Queen (2 episodes, 2003)


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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9 May 2003 (UK)  »

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Cambridge kémei  »

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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 »


Guy Burgess is in a London flat eating Van Camps baked beans from a can. This brand is not available in England. See more »


Donald Maclean: Hullo
Melinda Maclean: Hi. You're English.
Donald Maclean: Does it show?
[He gestures to his very British outfit]
Melinda Maclean: You say hello with the letter U where the letter E oughta be.
Donald Maclean: Well, you're American.
Melinda Maclean: You noticed.
Donald Maclean: You say hello with the letter I where the E and the L and the L and the O ought to be.
[They both take a sip of drink]
Donald Maclean: I hate America.
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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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Cambridge Spies is excellent
23 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

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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