Damian Lewis: Spy Wars
by Kaltrina Bylykbashi | TBI Vision | February 28, 2019
A&E Networks and A&E Networks U.K. have partnered on factual co-produced Damian Lewis: Spy Wars.
Featuring Lewis in his first docu-drama role, this 8 x 60-minute factual series will reveal the remarkable true stories behind some of the most gripping and important international spy operations of the last forty years.
Using reconstructions, the show will see Lewis act as the guide with each episode telling a different spy story from the Cold War through to the ‘war on terror’ and the renewed espionage hostilities of present day. It is shot on location in Moscow, Israel and London. It will feature experts and former spies including ex-Mossad, ex-CIA, ex-KGB and ex-MI6.
The series, co-produced by Lewis’ Rookery Productions and Alaska TV, and commissioned by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks U, will air in the U.K. locally on History Channel in 2019. Executive producers for Alaska TV will include Chris Fouracre, Ian Lamarra, Paul Sommers and Damian’s brother Gareth Lewis.
“We’re thrilled to have Damian Lewis on History for his first foray into factual television and with the ramping up of intelligence activities on all sides, and renewed tensions between East and West, there can be no better time to explore some of the most iconic spy operations of recent years.”
Patrick Vien, executive managing director, international, A+E Networks said,
“Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (W/T)takes an unparalleled, wide-ranging approach to unraveling the fascinating world of global espionage, with an incredibly ambitious production that aligns perfectly with our strategy to deliver premium content for a global audience.”
“On the heels of the announcement of our first scripted co-production, we are especially pleased to be working with our colleagues at A+E Networks UK together with such top-tier talent as Damian Lewis and the extremely creative team at Alaska TV, to deliver a series worthy of the A+E Networks pedigree.”
Alaska’s Chris Fouracre stated,
“Working with Damian is fantastically exciting for Alaska TV as well as firmly establishing us as producers of really creative docu-drama.”
Creative Director Ian Lamarra added,
“This series continues Alaska TV’s track record of bringing the biggest names to unscripted television.”
The History Channel UK tweeted:
'EXCLUSIVE: @lewis_damian is doing factual; the Billions and Homeland star has signed up for our eight-part documentary series, #SpyWars that will tell the true stories behind some of the most important international spy operations of the last forty years.'https://t.co/gkisA2Lt9S
— HISTORY UK (@HISTORYUK) February 28, 2019