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Damian Lewis: Spy Wars Shortlisted for Best Documentary – Feb 19, 2020

BPG Awards

by Torin Douglas | Broadcasting Press Guild | February 13, 2020

Nominations for the 46th annual BPG Television and Radio Awards have now been released. The BPG Awards honor work that has been commissioned or premiered in the UK and screened in 2019. Prized by programme-makers, the nominations are chosen independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.

Television nominations for this year’s BPG Awards in the Best Documentary Series category are Thatcher: A Very British Revolution (BBC Two), shortlisted alongside Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (A+E Networks), and three BBC One series: Seven Worlds, One Planet; Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History; and The Repair Shop.

The BPG Awards lunch will be held at Banking Hall in London on Friday, March 13, 2020. The awards lunch will be attended by the winners, BPG members, leading broadcasting executives and sponsored for the fourth year by Virgin Media.

Congratulations to Damian Lewis and his brother Gareth Lewis on the nomination!

Read the rest of the original article at Broadcasting Press Guild

Categories Behind the Scenes Spy Wars Video

Behind the Scenes of Spy Wars – Nov 14, 2019

A Window Into Spy Wars Photo Shoot

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 14, 2019

Go behind the scenes and watch the making of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars promotional poster art, pictured above.  Damian balances on one leg surrounded by sheets of glass. There are two videos below, so be sure to swipe/scroll through to see more. Also, take a look at our behind the scenes photo gallery here.

 

Categories Announcement Personal and Family Life

Damian’s Brother is Lord Mayor of London – Nov 8, 2019

Successful Siblings

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 8, 2019

All Siblings! L to R: Amanda (Russell) Yaxley, William Russell, Gareth Lewis, Damian Lewis      Source: Instagram @feltmakers

Is there anything this family can’t do? Acting, producing, city Mayor! Damian and Gareth’s half brother William Russell became Lord Mayor of London today, November 8, 2019. The silent ceremony was held at Guildhall London followed by the Lord Mayor’s Show (parade) the following day. William is the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London and Ambassador for the City and UK’s financial and professional services sector. You can follow the Lord Mayor on Twitter here.

To view more images of both the Lord Mayor’s Silent Ceremony held November 8 and the Lord Mayor’s Show (parade) on November 9, click here. To catch a glimpse of Damian and Helen at the parade, view video below, about 20 seconds in:

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Categories Interviews Print Media Spy Wars

Lewis Pulls Covers Off Espionage – Nov 4, 2019

From Espionage to History

by Debashine Thangevelo | Cape Argus / IOL / International | November 4, 2019

Damian Lewis is a recognizable face on the big and small screen. Of late, he has been praised for his roles as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Bobby Axelrod in Billions. He was also cast as Steve McQueen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood. And let us not forget his role as Nicholas Brody in Homeland.

Having covered a gamut of genres, from espionage to history, it does make his latest stint as a narrator for History’s Damian Lewis: Spy Wars almost surreal.

“This Mossad mission, I’m sure 98% of people watching won’t have heard of this story. So, I think it’s a little glimpse through a window of what they did; it’s an incredible story. You will sit and watch and be utterly engaged. I think that’s true of all our stories. Even the Argo story – we come in from a slightly different angle with a bit more backstory, from the intelligence part of it rather than the film making aspect of it.”

On being a part of this project he adds, “As soon as you put yourself in front of a camera, or in front of an audience, as a performer, there’s a whole intricate web of thoughts that run through your head – how you want to be presented and how can you successfully be a credible part of your show, your story, whatever it is – and we had to work quite quickly.”

“I was flying in and out of New York from Billions and we had a budget, obviously, we had to be aware of.”

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Categories Print Media Spy Wars

Billions Star Damian Lewis Talks Spy Wars, Unscripted and His New Prodco – Oct 16, 2019

Damian’s Journalistic Side Unpacked

by Richard Middleton | Television Business International | October 16, 2019

A docudrama exploring the lives of (in)famous spies might not have been the most obvious next project for the star of Homeland and Billions, but the switch of genre for Damian Lewis clearly provided a new challenge for the much-vaunted English actor and producer.

Damian Lewis: Spy Wars marked the actor’s first foray into factual and for a talent who has to date been more used to having a script to work to, the shift into unscripted was unnerving.

“You don’t know if you’ve found an interesting way of telling the story until you find it and then you think how can we put something on air if we didn’t quite get it – that is quite daunting,” he admits. “But that is just the risk of documentary.”

The docudrama, which is presented by Lewis, was commissioned by A+E Networks’ UK network History and produced by Alaska TV in association with the actor’s recently launched outfit Rookery Productions. Lewis acts as host on the show – which has his brother Gareth attached as a producer – and provides “thumbnail portraits” of spies involved in covert missions with the help of new declassified information, high-profile experts and intelligence officers who took part.

“I kept trying to get a handle on how much of a story we had,” continues Lewis, “but the answer is all the little bits, the component parts, are put together at the end and made in the edit. And I found that a bit daunting.” Continue reading Billions Star Damian Lewis Talks Spy Wars, Unscripted and His New Prodco – Oct 16, 2019