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A Cold War spy thriller that tells the story of invisible wars fought by MI5.


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Series cast summary:
 Joe Lambe (6 episodes, 2014)
 Alan Montag (6 episodes, 2014)
 Sarah Montag (6 episodes, 2014)
 DC Jim Fenchurch (6 episodes, 2014)
 Daddy (6 episodes, 2014)
 Bobby Waterhouse (6 episodes, 2014)
 Wendy Straw (6 episodes, 2014)
 Yulia (6 episodes, 2014)
Yevgeni Sitokhin ...
 Odin (5 episodes, 2014)
 Hester Waterhouse (5 episodes, 2014)
 Arkady (4 episodes, 2014)
Stuart Whittaker ...
 MI5 Agent (3 episodes, 2014)
 Chen Mei (2 episodes, 2014)
 Kate / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
 Home Secretary (2 episodes, 2014)
Jay Simpson ...
 Colin Blakefield (2 episodes, 2014)
 KGB Hood (2 episodes, 2014)
Taber Allen ...
 Barista (2 episodes, 2014)
 Ivan (2 episodes, 2014)

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Starring Brian Cox, "The Game" is a 1970s Cold War spy thriller set in the world of espionage. It tells the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 as it battles to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War.

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Release Date:

5 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Igra  »

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(6 parts)


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Although set in 1970s London, the show was almost entirely shot in Birmingham. The MI5 headquarters building (both interiors and exteriors). was the recently closed Birmingham Central Library, a much criticised and largely unloved example of 1970s 'brutalist' architecture, which has now (as of 2016), been completely demolished as part of a major city redevelopment scheme. See more »


References Gorky Park (1983) See more »

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Taught spy thriller with some frustrating glitches
9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I have just finished watching the final episode of The Game, and have to admit feeling on the one hand thoroughly satisfied and on the other, somewhat frustrated. On the positive side, this is a first rate drama with excellent production values - the acting is top notch, the characters well developed yet always leaving a sense that there is much kept hidden, the costumes, locations, cinematography and overall "feel" are spot on. The pace starts slowly - deliberately so - and picks up as the complex plot works its way inexorably towards its ultimate resolution. All in all, the feel is taught, suspenseful and engaging - this is a drama you are compelled to keep watching.

And so to the frustrations - as others have pointed out, there are a number of very glaring screw-ups in plot and "fieldcraft" which seem utterly at odds with the otherwise high quality of the production. I won't repeat all the errors here, but suffice it to say, it was enough to take the gloss off an otherwise exemplary and novel BBC drama. I would, nevertheless, encourage you all to watch it - just cut it a little slack! I for one very much hope there will be further series with this excellent cast. I just hope they spend a little more of the budget ironing out the glitches - if they do, this will be a series to rival the very best spy dramas ever produced.

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