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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.
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Tradecraft Through the Decades
by Staff | The Independent | December 8, 2022
New ITVX drama A Spy Among Friends explores the incredible story of two real-life MI6 spies – Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis) and Kim Philby (Guy Pearce) – whose decades-long friendship fell apart when Philby was revealed to be a treacherous double agent, spilling secrets to the KGB. Here historian Guy Walters explores the key techniques and kit spies like Elliott and Philby used during the Cold War era – and which ones are still being employed today.
When it comes to tradecraft – the techniques and technologies used in modern espionage – our minds often go straight to the not always entirely accurate (or plausible) rocket-firing cigarettes, grenade-launching pens and lazer-beaming watches from the spy films and shows we grew up on. Yet in real life, though some tradecraft is just as fiendishly clever, impressively high-tech and actually out-there as the gadgets and gizmos dreamed up by Hollywood, other examples represent far simpler, trusted techniques that allow agents to capture and share information efficiently and discreetly, with only a steel nerve and a cool facade required.
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“Lewis and Pearce Especially Share Phenomenal Chemistry”
by Chris Connor | Yahoo! Entertainment | December 8, 2022
A Spy Among Friends, the most high profile launch title for new UK streaming platform ITVX, retells the well-trodden story of the Cambridge Five. The spy ring — comprised of Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross — operated in the UK from the 1930s to the 1950s, and have been well-documented on TV and film, most notably in 2003’s Cambridge Spies, starring Samuel West, Toby Stephens and Tom Hollander.
The latest take on the story takes a different approach to the story, building it around Kim Philby, here played by Memento and LA Confidential star Guy Pearce and his friendship with Damian Lewis’ Nicholas Elliott.
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The Enigma and His Charismatic Traitor
by Rebecca Nicholson | The Guardian | December 8, 2022
The story of the notorious MI6 agent and Soviet spy Kim Philby has been told numerous times before, but A Spy Among Friends (ITVX) has a fresh bash at it, using Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name as its source and inspiration. The stakes are high. This is one of the flagship dramas to launch ITV’s revamped online player and new subscription service. It comes with a starry cast and what should be an irresistible tale of intrigue, double-crossing and suspense, stretched out over multiple locations from Istanbul, Beirut and London to Moscow and Ohio.