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The Cruelest Betrayal
by Vicki Power | Weekend Magazine for Daily Mail | November 25, 2022
With its moles, traitors, double agents and secret dossiers, the scandalous tale of the Cambridge spies is as electrifying as anything John le Carré ever dreamed up. It’s no wonder the story of five Oxbridge graduates secretly spying for the KGB during World War II and the Cold War has been adapted for numerous TV dramas.
But a riveting new six-part TV series takes a fresh approach to this astonishing tale of betrayal by looking at Kim Philby’s outrageous behavior and casting two huge Hollywood stars, Homeland’s Damian Lewis and LA Confidential’s Guy Pearce, in the lead roles.
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by Nick Curtis | Evening Standard | November 25, 2022
Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce do an awful lot of stiff-upper-lip acting in ITV’s new espionage drama A Spy Among Friends, the latest to explore the actions of the Cambridge Five, Soviet spies who were at the heart of the British Establishment from the Second World War onwards. Here the focus is on Kim Philby (Pearce) whose treachery was discovered in 1963.
Philby’s great friend and fellow SIS agent Nicholas Elliott was dispatched to Beirut to confront and possibly to detain or “turn” Philby again. Instead, he extracted a partial confession and let Philby abscond to Russia. On screen this tale has bags of atmosphere, period detail and clipped dialogue.
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Spies Like Us
by Richard Godwin and Caroline Frost | Radio Times | November 22, 2022
Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce are among the most acclaimed actors of their generation. Lewis has transformed himself into a tortured US soldier in Homeland, a volatile Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, an obnoxious hedge-fund manager in Billions – and any number of Shakespearean roles. Pearce sprang from the Australian soap Neighbours into a wide-ranging career, with roles including a drag queen, action heroes and a lovelorn English King.
But neither man has anything on Kim Philby, the British intelligence officer unmasked as a Soviet double-agent as part of the Cambridge Spy Ring, which included Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean and Anthony Blunt, and whose web of deception has been a subject of endless fascination since his exposure in 1962. Lewis sees Philby’s treachery as “part of British folklore.”
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Four Out of Five Stars
by John Bungey | The Times | November 21, 2022
Jazz in all its forms — from funky to free-form, catchy to headscratchy — enjoyed its 30th annual splurge in the capital with 300-plus festival gigs by assorted stars of the genre — and one gatecrashing film star.
On the final night, a festival debutant with an album out next year wowed the crowd at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill. Quite why the actor Damian Lewis’s show of rocking, rootsy Americana should be part of a jazz festival is anyone’s guess. But his own songs had real flair and if “the acting malarkey”, as he called it, ever fails, his Martin guitar will prove a useful fallback.
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Closing Out the London Jazz Festival
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 20, 2022
Damian Lewis played an intimate performance to a sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle on closing night of the London Jazz Festival on Sunday, November 20, 2022 with special guest Hattie Whitehead. Doors opened at 7:00 p.m. and he took the stage around 8:35 p.m. Band members remained the same from his Omeara performance including, Giacomo Smith, Will Cleasby, Will Sach, Kitty Liv, Dave Archer and Joe Webb. His opening song was Down in the Bowery and the remaining set list included Hole in My Roof, Soho Tango, Zaragoza, Little One, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella, Warren Zevon’s Werewolves in London, Tom Waits’ Little Trip to Heaven, I Wanna Grow Old in Paris, Makin’ Plans, Jelly Roll Morton’s Why?, She Comes, and JJ Cale/Eric Clapton’s After Midnight.
Damian’s brother Gareth Lewis was in the crowd, as well as his children Manon and Gulliver. Others spotted were friend Dominic West, Mark Strong, Ben Chaplin, Allie Esiri, Sharmila of CureEB and based on her tweet, apparently Elizabeth McGovern was in the audience! The show was again promoted by Neil O’Brien Entertainment, with Rhydian Roberts in attendance. View performance videos and more images in our Gallery here.
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A Boon for British Actors and Industry Professionals
by Walter Roberts | Slash Film | November 20, 2022
Over the years, Brits have proven to be especially sensitive when matters concern representations of their history, such as the country’s place in the world wars. And in 2001, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ co-produced HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” struck quite a nerve. After spending up to £15 million on UK broadcasting rights for the show, the BBC faced criticism for investing in a story that puts American soldiers at the center of the final World War II counteroffensive against Germany’s armed forces.
But this may not be a fair way to look at things. As a show filmed entirely in the UK, “Band of Brothers” was a boon for British actors and industry professionals alike.
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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 18, 2022
Golden globe and emmy award winning actor Damian Lewis will be at Content London to debut his new six part series, A Spy Among Friends. Joining Lewis, who is executive producing as well as acting for this exclusive Case Study, will be creator and executive producer, Alexander Cary, author Ben Macintyre, actor Anna Maxwell Martin and Sony Pictures Television’s Lauren Stein. Content London is one of the most stimulating events in the global content industry calendar. Over three days between November 28 – December 1, 2022 the event brings the global drama, formats and factual communities together around a conference, awards and networking agenda.
Tickets will be released in five tiers leading up to the event and each tier will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Register now by clicking here.