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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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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.
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You Can Have a Lot of Fun in the Spy Genre
by Adrian Lobb | Big Issue Magazine | November 16, 2022
The powerhouse acting duo give us the intel on their new double-agent drama about Britain’s most notorious spy. Charming, expensively educated and shamelessly duplicitous, Kim Philby is the most famous double agent in British history. Philby spent decades passing sensitive information to the KGB at the height of the Cold War. He fooled everyone.
But if Philby betrayed his country, he arguably betrayed some of his closest friends even more. And that is the story at the heart of A Spy Among Friends, a high-class, beautifully acted spy drama adapted from Ben McIntyre’s sparkling book of the same name.
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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 7, 2022
ITV have announced that new streaming service ITVX, which will replace the ITV Hub, will launch on December 8, 2022 (December 9 on BritBox Australia). ITVX-exclusive series that’ll be available on launch day will include Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce starring in A Spy Among Friends, with a new show dropping every week.
ITVX will be available in a free, ad-funded version and a premium version without ads, which will include the company’s BritBox streaming service. Pricing for that tier is expected to be announced at a later stage.
No official trailer just yet. Stay tuned for that!