A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Sidney Reilly 12 episodes, 1983
...  Narrator 11 episodes, 1983
...  Cummings 10 episodes, 1983
...  Dzerzhinsky 6 episodes, 1983
...  Hill 6 episodes, 1983
Jeananne Crowley ...  Margaret 5 episodes, 1983
...  Savinkov 5 episodes, 1983
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A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

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The amazing true story of the world's first international super spy [DVD] See more »


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5 September 1983 (UK)  »

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Reilly - As de espías  »

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In 1895, Sidney Reilly had an affair with Ethel Lillian Voynich, a married Russian author. In 1897, Voynich wrote a popular novel, "The Gadfly". It was rumored that the adventurous hero of the novel was based on Reilly. In 1956, the novel was made into a movie, and Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to compose the music. The same music, "The Gadfly-Romance", is heard as the theme to this show. See more »

Goofs

Nadia Massino did not marry Alfred Nobel - he died a bachelor in 1896 and according to the series, Reilly met her in the 20th century. Feliz Dzerzhinsky never met Reilly, and did not carry out the interrogation or execution. Reilly also was not connected with the forged letter that toppled the British government. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fried: Live for the present, die for the future.
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Soundtracks

Romance
from "The Gadfly"
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Theme music of the miniseries (opening and closing credits)
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Theme music actually by Shostakovich
17 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Great series, undeniably.

One bit of trivia/credits: while Harry Rabinowitz may have written a "Shostakovich-influenced" score, the theme music itself is actually a recycled composition by the great Dmitri Shostakovich himself, namely the "Romance" from the movie score to "The Gadfly", Opus 97.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048461/

I found this out by accident when my daughter brought a new piece home from her (Russian immigrant) violin teacher and started playing it. Having instantly recognized it, I looked at the score which said "Romance" and "Shostakovich" in Cyrillic (Russian) letters. Some Googling for "Romance Shostakovich Reilly" yielded name and opus number, and an MP3 download confirmed the identity of the piece.


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