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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.


Edward Hall


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




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


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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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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Technical Specs


(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The aqua colored convertible Eva drives in New Mexico, 1941 is actually a 1946-1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. See more »


Featured in The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Thrilling story with great acting and directing.
10 May 2015 | by nicolechan916See all my reviews

Having been introduced to Atwell in the Captain America movies, I have become quite a fan. I loved her in Agent Carter and hope for the series to continue regularly; so was very interested to find that she was in a movie - a TV movie but still a movie nonetheless. I have also become a fan of Dockery's, whom I first saw in Downton Abbey, and I think these two are my favourite British actresses, in historical dramas anyway. So the acting is great, though Atwell can not really pass as Russian, plus her 'Russian' accent changed too fast to be believable.

Also, I like the atmosphere of the past better than the present. It feels more authentic, and there was more action there I guess. I was not as interested in the present than I was of the past and the events that happened. But the juxtaposition of the two times was done really well. Action scenes were executed impressively as well with some very thrilling sequences.

I'm not really sure what the significance of Ruth's son was, and her relationship with Karl-Heinz (Alexander Fehling) because maybe it added some depth to her character but the characters seem kind of pointless. Also, it added some confusion to the story as I was wondering what he was involved in when it didn't really affect the main story anyway.

I did not much like the ending as well. The music makes me think something bad happens but it just ends. So yea, I was hoping for a better ending. I like how the story concluded, but the ending scenes just felt like something was missing.

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