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Saga Magazine Review: A Spy Among Friends

“A Grown Up, Intelligent, Riveting Espionage Tale”

by Benjie Goodhart | Saga Magazine  | December 2, 2022

A Spy Among Friends – Episode 1/6 – Thursday 8th December – ITVX

On the basis of the first episode, A Spy Among Friends is well worth a look. The six-part drama series is based on Ben Macintyre’s bestselling factual account of secret service agent Kim Philby’s 30-year career spying for the Soviet Union, and his defection to the USSR in 1963.

Guy Pearce stars as Philby, and the story primarily centers around his friendship with fellow Secret Intelligence Service spook Nicholas Elliott, played with characteristic aplomb by Damian Lewis. The story jumps backwards and forwards in time (sit up straight and pay attention, this is not one to watch while doing a Su Doku on your phone) but the gist of it is that Elliott feels profoundly betrayed by his erstwhile friend and colleague.

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The Seven Best Shows to Stream This Week

A Spy Among Friends

by Phil Harrison | The Guardian  | December 2, 2022

Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis star in a hugely stylish spy drama. A Spy Among Friends about the doomed friendship between spies Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis) and Kim Philby (Guy Pearce) is an immersive treat. It’s told via the regretful Elliott’s debriefing by MI5 agent Lily Thomas (Anna Maxwell Martin) after Philby’s treason has been revealed. These jolly good public school chaps are already steeped in British reserve and the art of never quite saying what you mean, which proves to be the perfect preparation for the life of a spy. It was this distance and ambiguity that enabled Philby to infiltrate and nearly destroy their world. A very English betrayal, stylishly rendered.

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Damian Lewis Attends ITVX Showcase Event

ITVX Showcase Event

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 1, 2022

Damian and A Spy Among Friends co-star Anna Maxwell Martin attended the ITVX showcase event in London back on November 15, 2022. View images from the event here. The event celebrated the upcoming December 8 launch of new streaming service ITVX, which will feature more than 10,000 hours of free programming, including Spy.

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Damian Lewis Spotted at Jazz FM in London

Music and Sausages

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 1, 2022

Damian popped into Jazz FM today and ran into Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, MBE aka The Black Farmer. Jones moved from Jamaica to the UK when he was a child. Inspired by his small farm on the Devon Cornwall border and the love of his father’s inner-city Birmingham allotment, he is a passionate supporter of British farming and bringing diversity to the food and farming industries. And Damian is a fan of Black Farmer’s sausages, perfect for a Christmas hamper!

Categories A Spy Among Friends Interviews Video

VIDEO: Damian Lewis and Ben Macintyre Give Us the Inside Track on MI6 Intelligence Officer Nicholas Elliott

Kim Philby Was Such a Good Spy, He Was Toxic

by ITVX | Twitter | November 30, 2022

Damian Lewis and Ben Macintyre discuss MI6 intelligence officer Nicholas Elliott. The new drama mini-series will be available for streaming on ITVX in the UK beginning December 8, BritBox AU on December 9 and MGM+ in 2023  in the US.

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Guy Pearce Says He Could Feel Helen McCrory On Set When He Filmed With Her Husband Damian Lewis

Guy Pearce Remembers the Late Helen McCrory on This Morning

by Charlotte Dean | Daily Mail Online | November 30, 2022

Guy Pearce has discussed filming A Spy Among Friends with Damian Lewis shortly after his late wife Helen McCrory‘s death in April last year. The actor, 55, said he could feel the Peaky Blinders actress’ ‘essence’ on set as they filmed the drama together, during an appearance on Wednesday’s This Morning.

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Friendship and Betrayal Interrogated in Cold War Spy Drama

The Elite of One

by Stephanie Bunbury | Sydney Morning Herald  | November 30, 2022

For 30 years, Kim Philby worked for the British secret service MI6 while spying for the Soviet Union. He took classified documents home every night from the agency’s archive to be photographed by his handler; he worked diplomatic parties, club smokers and government departments in London and Washington, charming confidences from these intersecting inner circles; he was accused of spying, was investigated, exonerated and then carried on.

“This is the thing that kept striking me,” says Guy Pearce, who plays the debonair Philby in the new series A Spy Among Friends. “Every few days on set I’d think: ‘Thirty years he did this! Thirty years!’ It’s extraordinary.”

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