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


Toby Whithouse




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Series cast summary:
Tom Hughes ...  Joe Lambe 6 episodes, 2014
Jonathan Aris ...  Alan Montag 6 episodes, 2014
Victoria Hamilton ...  Sarah Montag 6 episodes, 2014
Shaun Dooley ...  DC Jim Fenchurch 6 episodes, 2014
Brian Cox ...  Daddy 6 episodes, 2014
Paul Ritter ...  Bobby Waterhouse 6 episodes, 2014
Chloe Pirrie ...  Wendy Straw 6 episodes, 2014
Zana Marjanovic ...  Yulia 6 episodes, 2014
Yevgeni Sitokhin ...  Odin 5 episodes, 2014
Judy Parfitt ...  Hester Waterhouse 5 episodes, 2014
Marcel Iures ...  Arkady 4 episodes, 2014
Stuart Whittaker Stuart Whittaker ...  MI5 Agent 3 episodes, 2014
Gemma Chan ...  Chen Mei 2 episodes, 2014
Rachael Stirling ...  Kate / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Tim Bentinck ...  Home Secretary 2 episodes, 2014
Jay Simpson ...  Colin Blakefield 2 episodes, 2014
Velibor Topic ...  KGB Hood 2 episodes, 2014
Taber Allen Taber Allen ...  Barista 2 episodes, 2014
Bartley Burke ...  Ivan 2 episodes, 2014


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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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 johnhpelosiSee 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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5 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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