Reilly: Ace of Spies: Season 1, Episode 1

An Affair with a Married Woman (5 Sep. 1983)

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A Russian born Jew, recruited by British Intelligence in 1901 to obtain intelligence on Russian oil fields, is detained in a provincial town under suspicion.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Rodway ...
Jeananne Crowley ...
Sebastian Shaw ...
Reverend Thomas
Denis Holmes ...
Admiral Fisher
John Hart Dyke ...
John Monckton ...
Howard Lew Lewis ...
Michele Copsey ...
Sergeant Kott (as Ben Feitelson)
Barbara Ashcroft ...
Mrs. 'A'


Sidney Rosenblum, a Russian born Jew, is recruited by the British espionage service and on his first assignment comes up with intelligence on the Russian oil fields but also sensitive information on their heretofore unknown Persian installations. He is detained in a provincial town by a zealous police inspector but sees a chance to escape. Rosenblum fakes a romantic liaison with the beautiful wife of an aged cleric caught in a dysfunctional marriage. Rosenblum's superiors are distressed with his less than gallant tactics and Margaret Thomas, the young wife in question feels humiliated at having been used. However, Rosenblum has a score to settle. An operative of Zaharov, an influential arms dealer working for the Turks among others, murders Rosenblum's London girlfriend in his zeal to obtain the invaluable documents from her. Written by

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This is the only episode from the series to be 79 minutes in length. The remaining ones are approximately 50 minutes each. See more »


Sidney Reilly: [Looking around the crypt where he expects to be buried] You don't own this place.
Zaharov: I lease it.
Sidney Reilly: By the year or by the body?
Zaharov: Gallows humor is the hallmark of the Jew.
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