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Espionage Series Hits MGM+ in March
by Charles Barfield | The Playlist | February 2, 2023
Being a spy requires a lot of discretion. You have to not only keep most of what you do at work a secret, but you sometimes even have to lie to those closest to you to protect that work. But what happens when your best friend is also a spy? And not only that, what if that best friend who is a spy might also be a double agent, working for the enemy? That drama is what propels the plot of the new limited series, “A Spy Among Friends.”
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Where Neighbours Always Help Each Other Out
by Nicole Karageorgi | My London | February 1, 2023
Tufnell Park is a quiet ‘village’ but has a lot to offer – you might even spot a famous face. North London has its fair share of celebrities who call areas like Hampstead, Chalk Farm, and Highgate home. But, lying between Holloway, and busy Kentish Town is a quiet ‘village’ that’s loved by celebrities and has its very own stop on the Northern line.
Tufnell Park has been described by those who work and live there as a ‘wonderful place’ with an ‘amazing sense of community’. The neighbourhood straddles the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden. It was historically used for dairy farming, and acted as an important base for distributing dairy around Central London.
The manor of Barnsbury, which is said to have stood where the Odeon Cinema is today, was inherited by William Tufnell in 1753, which is how Tufnell Park got its name. The estate later passed to other brothers, before it was eventually inherited by Henry Tufnell. Henry sponsored the development of housing in the area in 1845.
Today, the neighbourhood is a quiet village where ‘everyone knows everyone’ and residents love to help each other out. If you pass through, you might come across a few celebrities. The likes of actor Damian Lewis, TV presenter, Jon Snow, and Madness singer, Suggs are said to live there.
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Watch Keane on AppleTV
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 22, 2023
The new 4K restoration of Lodge Kerrigan’s film Keane starring Damian Lewis is now available for pre-order on AppleTV starting today and streaming begins January 31, 2023. Visit AppleTV here for more information. Roger Ebert described the film as “a masterfully harrowing psychodrama” in his 2005 review here.
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Two Lifelong Friends, One Double Agent
by Michael Pickard | Drama Quarterly | January 13, 2023
Stars Damian Lewis and Anna Maxwell Martin join the team behind A Spy Among Friends to discuss the making of this ITVX espionage drama, which is based on the true story of two lifelong friends and British spies – one of whom is a double agent. When he was initially approached to star in A Spy Among Friends, Damian Lewis didn’t know which of the two leads he would play.
In this DQTV interview here, star Damian Lewis, who plays Elliott, and writer Alex Cary discuss why they wanted to give viewers a peek behind the curtain of this notorious spy story. They talk about why Elliott emerged as the focal point of the drama, their roles behind the scenes as executive producers and the fallout from the damaged friendship at the heart of the story.
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MGM+ Unveils A Spy Among Friends at TCA Winter Press Tour
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 10, 2023
For the first time in three years since the pandemic, the in-person Television Critics Association press tour returned. The event was held at The Langham, Huntington in Pasadena, California beginning Monday, January 9, 2023. Not all television networks appeared, but MGM+ was there to discuss upcoming content available on its new streaming platform, including A Spy Among Friends. After first debuting on ITVX in the U.K. in December 2022, A Spy Among Friends staring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce will get its US premiere on MGM+ on March 12, 2023, as EPIX will become MGM+ on January 15, 2023. The six-episode series is based on the Ben Macintyre book of the same name, written by Alexander Cary and directed by Nick Murphy. ITV produces in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and Damian’s own Ginger Biscuit Entertainment.
Those attending the TCA panel discussion in-person were Anna Maxwell-Martin, Nick Murphy and Alexander Cary, and joining remotely via video call were Damian and Guy Pearce. During the discussion Damian said Guy Pearce plays the rock star Kim Philby and he plays the sap Nicholas Elliott. Anna Maxwell-Martin said her scenes with Damian were thrilling, “It’s just about being with Damian in a room.” Alex Cary shared that he centered the story of A Spy Among Friends around relationships, friendship and betrayal to make it relevant to today’s audience. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
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Review: The Actor and Jazz FM Presenter Turns to Blues and Soul
by Patricia Nicol | The Sunday Times | January 8, 2023
Actor, dad, redhead and ping-pong champion” is how Damian Lewis bills himself on social media. Now he can add jazz presenter to the list. On New Year’s Day the star of ITVX’s A Spy Among Friends hosted his own show, a mellow two hours of blues, jazz and soul on Jazz FM. Listen on Jazz FM Player here or Spotify here.
Lewis is a consummate leading man. In the past two decades he has treated television viewers to complex, riveting performances in Band of Brothers, The Forsyte Saga, Homeland and, most memorably, in Wolf Hall, where he gave us a high-energy Henry VIII, bouncing between alpha psychopath and needy man-child. On Damian Lewis the supple actor seemed to slip seamlessly into the smooth, somewhat self-regarding character of a jazz presenter.
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Are You Lonesome Tonight?
by Peter Craven | The Spectator | January 5, 2023
Just now you can see Pearce in A Spy Among Friends as Kim Philby, that dazzling double agent.
The streamer goes for six episodes and if you’re quick and lethal you can join BritBox for a free trial period and watch this extraordinary story of how Damian Lewis as Nicholas Elliott, the patriotic mate, tangles with the problem of Philby two-timing for the Russians.