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A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

Director:

Edward Hall

Writer:

William Boyd (by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hayley Atwell ... Eva Delectorskaya
Rufus Sewell ... Lucas Romer
Michelle Dockery ... Ruth Gilmartin
Michael Gambon ... Lord Romer
Charlotte Rampling ... Sally Gilmartin
Thekla Reuten ... Sylvia Rhys Meyers
Adrian Scarborough ... Morris Devereux
Bertie Carvel ... Mason Harding
Bernhard Schir Bernhard Schir ... Bobby von Arnim
Alexander Fehling ... Karl-Heinz
Kevin Guthrie ... Alfie Blytheswood
Tom Brooke ... Angus Woolf
Anthony Calf ... Gerald Laird
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marius Botha Marius Botha ... Dutch Agent
David Butler David Butler ... Keegan-Vale
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Storyline

1976:- Ruth Gilmartin visits her mother Sally in rural Cambridgeshire and is amazed to learn she is a Russian refugee born Eva Delectorskaya, recruited as a spy by the British in 1939. After narrowly escaping death in the Netherlands Eva is sent to America to seduce the married Mason Harding, an adviser to the president, to find out if the Americans intend joining the war, a mission she successfully accomplishes. However a second assignment is to supply a map to American agents supposedly outlining a planned German invasion of the States but Eva spots errors in the map, informing her spy master and lover Lucas Romer and other colleagues. Though the map fools the president Eva survives an attempt to kill her and, as her fellow spies die one by one,is convinced she was betrayed. Even in the 1970s, years after the event, she believes her life is in danger and shocks Ruth by buying a shotgun for her protection. She gets Ruth to contact Romer, posing as a journalist interested in wartime ... Written by comma space

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A múlt árnyékában See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Early on when Eva is in training she recites all the American states and their capital cities. Hawaii is included even though it wasn't a state in 1939. See more »

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Featured in 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) See more »

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Could have done much better
13 January 2013 | by iain-218See all my reviews

This was poor and left me grieving for BBC Drama - who is going to make quality television if the BBC can't? It had a lot of the right ingredients - if they were re-making The Singing Detective, then Rufus Sewell would be a perfect choice, so it was only right that Michael Gambon played Sewell's older self. But the pace was slow, the plot became nonsense (was it perhaps originally a six part that was then cut down?), and the dialogue was awful. They left the worst til last though, the ending was truly dire leaving me regretting that I had spent 3 hours getting there - God knows how the actors and crew felt when they saw it, after all it took them a lot longer.

Why is this 4 and not 1, because I like the genre.


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