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Blunt, Burgess, Philby and Maclean meet at Cambridge university and bond through their common leaning towards communism, which they see as the only alternative to fascism.


Tim Fywell


Peter Moffat


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hollander ... Guy Burgess
Samuel West ... Anthony Blunt
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Donald Maclean
Toby Stephens ... Kim Philby
Jenna Harrison ... Miriam Block
Simon Woods ... Charlie Givens
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Porter
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ... Michael Frank
Patrick Kennedy ... Julian Bell
Adam Blackwood Adam Blackwood ... Oliver Lester
Peter Eyre ... Arthur Quigley
Nicholas Burns ... Rightwing Student
Marcel Iures ... Otto
Lisa Dillon ... Litzi Friedman
Leon Lissek ... Prof. Bruno Klein


Fascism or communism is the black and white choice before the four activist prone protagonists. It's a choice that lasts a lifetime, transcending any relationships, transgressions and accidents of birth. Viewing fascism as a despicable alternative our anti-heroes are recruited by the communists. Written by David Foss

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9 May 2003 (UK) See more »

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Trinity College was so ashamed of the Cambridge spies that studied there that it refused permission for the BBC to film there. Exteriors and interiors were filmed at Kings College, Cambridge. See more »


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