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The Americans video trailer

The Americans starts Saturday 1 June at 10pm on ITV
 
Series overview:
 
The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Regan is elected President.
 
The series is centered on Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings, who have two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity.
 
The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.  Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and ways of life further complicate the couple’s relationship.
 
Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbour, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent.  Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernandez) are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.
 
 
Cast:
 
Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings)
Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings)
Noah Emmerich (Agent Stan Beeman)
Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Chris Amador)
Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings)
Keidrich Sellati (Henry Jennings)
Margo Martindale (Claudia)
 
Episode one:
 
In 1981, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are undercover Soviet intelligence agents from the secretive Directorate S of the KGB sent to the U.S. 15 years ago to work deep cover in Washington, D.C.
 
Their assumed identities are a married couple who run a travel agency, and even their own children Paige (Holly Taylor) and Henry (Keidrich Sellati) do not know their secret. 
 
Before coming to the U.S., they were instructed not to share their personal lives with each other.
 
The Jennings become stuck with Timochev, a Soviet defector they had abducted to send back to the Soviet Union.
 
Meanwhile, FBI Counter-Intelligence Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) has moved in across the street with his family. Philip and Elizabeth must figure out what to do with Timochev, who remains locked in the trunk of their car, while they contemplate whether or not Beeman's arrival is a coincidence.