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Blue Chip Drama Makes It Mark
by Staff | Televisual Media | December 9, 2022
A Spy Among Friends is the first original drama to land on new streaming service ITVX. “It’s a spy story, but larger than that, it’s a story about friendship,” says screenwriter Alex Cary.
The idea came in 2018, when Los Angeles-based Cary got a call from author Ben Macintyre’s manager, who played squash at the same LA club. Knowing Cary had worked on US spy thriller Homeland as writer/producer, he suggested Macintyre’s book A Spy Among Friends.
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Small Screen Spectacle
by Susan Knox | Irish Mirror | December 8, 2022
ITV kindly launched an adaptation of another Ben MacIntyre book, A Spy Among Friends, the opening episode of which made me want to do exactly what the opening episode of Rogue Heroes made me want to do: Dive in and watch the whole bally thing in one go.
That was a possibility, thanks to it being available on ITV’s new streaming platform ITVX. (No, me neither – but it’s the future, apparently.) However, I decided that the small screen spectacle of Damian Lewis, Guy Pearce and Anna Maxwell Martin at the top of their games should be savoured, not devoured.
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Political and Personal Betrayal
by BBC Sounds Podcast | BBC | December 8, 2022
The story of double agent and defector Kim Philby has been told many times. A Spy Among Friends, a new six-episode series on ITVX, focuses on Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s lifelong friend. Damian Lewis, who plays Elliott, and writer Alexander Cary talk to Tom Sutcliffe about telling the story of political and personal betrayal anew. Listen to the podcast here, beginning at 11:20.
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A Spy Among Friends
by Robyn Salt and Chris Lockyer| Sky News/Backstage Podcast | December 8, 2022
Sky News colleague spoke to Damian about one of the reasons he wanted to do A Spy Among Friends.You can listen to the podcast in its entirety here. which begins at 21:20, and Damian’s portion begins around 29:00. Snippet video here.
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A Basis In Reality
by James Hibbs | Radio Times | December 8, 2022
With new streaming service ITVX now having launched, TV fans will likely be diving into the platform’s first brand new dramas, including long-awaited Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce spy series A Spy Among Friends.
The show tells the story of a Soviet defector amongst the British intelligence services during the Cold War, with the widespread betrayal hitting particularly intimately for his friend and colleague.
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by Matthew d’Ancona | Tortois Media | December 8, 2022
The key text is supplied by aesthete Anthony Blanche in Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. “I took you out to dinner to warn you of charm,” he says to his old Oxford friend, Charles Ryder. “Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, Charles, it has killed you.”
In modern history, rather than fiction, there is no greater example of the lethally corrosive power of charm than Kim Philby: dazzling Cambridge undergraduate; senior MI6 officer tipped to head the intelligence service; our man in Washington, where he formed deep friendships with many in the US intelligence community, notably rising CIA star, James Jesus Angleton; foreign correspondent for the Observer and Economist; and – between his recruitment in Regent’s Park in July 1934 to his death in a Moscow hospital in May 1988 – a ruthlessly devoted servant of the KGB, traitor to his country, and agent on behalf of Soviet communism.
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“You Pull Up Two Very Different Parts of Your Personality for Those Different Roles”
by Stefania Sarrubba and David Opie | Digital Spy | December 8, 2022
Homeland star Damian Lewis has discussed his double role on ITVX’s new series A Spy Among Friends. An adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name, the series follows the real-life story of MI6 spy Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and his friendship with KGB double agent Kim Philby (Mare of Easttown’s Guy Pearce).
Alongside playing Elliott, Lewis also served as executive producer on the series with his Ginger Biscuit Entertainment. Watch 14-minute video of the discussion here.
“I was in charge of the donuts,” the actor joked with Digital Spy.