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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 29, 2022
Panel L-R: Anna Maxwell Martin, Damian Lewis, Ben Macintyre, Patrick Spence, Nick Murphy
Damian debuted his new six part series A Spy Among Friends at ITVX Showcase event on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 during a Q&A panel discussion. Joining him was actor Anna Maxwell Martin, author Ben Macintyre, director Nick Murphy and Patrick Spence. Damian told the moderator,
“We just wanted to get in behind the curtain of what an intimate betrayal between two friends [looks like]. It starts very much, and returns to, this friendship. I don’t want to give the end away, but there was a famous 4-day interview set in Beirut, an interrogation, which is the centerpiece of our drama that we come in and out of in a brilliantly orchestrated sort of time jumping way by Alex Cary who adapted Ben’s brilliant book. And that 4-day interrogation is the emotional heart of the show.”
Watch the full-length 12-minute video here. View images from the event here.
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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!
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ITVX Promo Trailer Released
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 2, 2022
Damian Lewis in A Spy Among Friends is coming to ITVX on December 8, along with other exclusive shows. Watch teaser clips of all new shows, including ASAF, Riches, Litvinenko, Tell Me Everything, Without Sin, A Year on Planet Earth and PLEBS here:
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ITV London Premiere for Cast and Crew
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 18, 2022
Damian attended/co-hosted a private screening of his upcoming ITVX series A Spy Among Friends on Monday, October 17, 2022 in London. The ITV event appeared to be a special viewing as a ‘thank-you’ for cast and crew on the heels of its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this month. A Spy Among Friends is set to air in November 2022 on the new streaming platform ITVX in the UK. US release pending.
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Damian Lewis With His Mona Lisa Smirk
by Stephanie Bunbury | Deadline | October 7, 2022
Nothing has quite the same screen allure as a secret world. Espionage is so secret, by definition, that we have to take even its existence as a matter of trust; all we know about what goes on behind the intelligence agencies’ closed doors is what is relayed to us through books, films and series like A Spy Among Friends, based on Ben Macintyre’s book about the British double agent Kim Philby. Presumably, a certain kind of person is drawn to that world where nothing can be let slip outside it. To work for both sides, one must constantly be aware of who said what to whom, who knows what, who saw you where, who remembers you there — that anyone should want that life is a mystery in itself.
A Spy Among Friends – two episodes of which are screening as part of the London Film Festival – reunites Alexander Cary, a writer and producer on the long-running espionage series Homeland, with actor Damian Lewis, who also steps up as an executive producer of the new series. Lewis is best known on both sides of the Atlantic as Homeland’s Nicholas Brody, the Marine Corps sniper imprisoned and possibly “turned” by Al-Qaeda. Here he enters another secret world, but in a very different guise: He plays Nicholas Elliott, an operative with foreign security agency SIS, who also is the closest friend of Philby (Guy Pearce).
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A Cerebral and Fiendish Remix of the Kim Philby Tale
by Jasper Rees | The Telegraph | October 7, 2022
Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce are magnificent in a satisfyingly complex drama which focuses on Philby’s escape to Beirut in 1963.
Nothing illustrated the length of the journey made by Kim Philby from West to East, from British mandarin to Soviet icon, than his funeral. The casket, in the Russian style, was open, enabling his widow to lean in for a final caress of that infamous poker face. (You can watch the footage for yourself in Adam Curtis’s compendious forthcoming BBC series about the death rattle of communism.)
In a sense the lid will never close over the coffin of England’s most notorious traitor. Like other enigmas – see also Albert Speer – the story of a third man with two paymasters and four wives can never be definitively told, the case never closed. Hunting for the real Philby among the false fronts and double lives is like wandering around a maze uncertain if you’re looking for the entrance or the exit. From every new angle glint more questions.
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World Premiere and Red Carpet
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 7, 2022
A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis received its World Premiere at BFI London Film Festival Friday, October 7, 2022. Damian spoke with press for interviews and walked the red carpet before the screening. Episodes one and two of A Spy Among Friends premiered at 6:30 p.m. on screen one at Curzon Mayfair to a sold out crowd. The drama will consist of a total of six episodes. Not only is Damian in one of the lead roles, but he also served as a producer. A Spy Among Friends is set to air in November 2022 on the new streaming platform ITVX in the UK. US release pending.
In 1963, MI6 agent Kim Philby (Guy Pearce) was revealed to be a KGB spy in one of the most humiliating chapters of Britain’s involvement in the Cold War. This adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book explores the impact of this notorious betrayal of the British establishment. It focuses specifically on what happened during the final meeting between Philby and his close friend and fellow MI6 agent Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis), in the days leading up to Philby’s defection.
Outstanding performances from Lewis, Pearce and Anna Maxwell Martin bring to life the layered and deeply intelligent script by showrunner Alexander Carey (who previously worked with Damian on Homeland). Part gripping spy thriller in the Le Carré mould, part incisive dissection of the British class and power structures still in place today, A Spy Among Friends is, above all, a moving portrait of friendship and betrayal.
The 66th annual festival took place in venues across the UK capital beginning Wednesday October 5 and will go through Sunday October 16, 2022. Video clips:
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BFI London Film Festival 2022
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 31, 2022
A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis will receive a World Premiere at BFI London Film Festival this October. The 66th annual festival will take place in venues across the UK capital on Wednesday October 5 through Sunday October 16, 2022 and will host 22 feature films, three episodic selections and several documentary cinema. Episodes one and two of A Spy Among Friends will premiere on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at Curzon Mayfair, screen 1. The screening is sold out.
The miniseries explores MI6 agent Kim Philby’s defection to the Soviet Union and stars Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis, the latter reuniting with showrunner Alexander Cary following their previous collaboration on Homeland. Above all, it is a moving portrait of friendship and betrayal. Other UK debuts launching at the festival include Fridjof Ryder’s dark thriller Inland, starring Mark Rylance. Some key dates:
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A Spy Among Friends
by Michael Hogan | The Guardian | August 28, 2022
From the return of Happy Valley and The Crown to new shows starring Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, there’s a lot to stay in for
A Spy Among Friends ITV/ITVX, autumn (possibly November 17)
Double agents. Cold war defection. Le Carré-meets-Mad Men vibes. Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis don dapper 1950s suits for this stylish dramatisation of the Kim Philby espionage affair, based on the bestselling book by historian Ben Macintyre. ITVX is the new (and, thankfully, free) streaming service on which ITV will premiere selected shows before their terrestrial broadcast. It will also soon be airing another factual drama, Litvinenko, with David Tennant as the poisoned Russian spy.