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A Spy Among Friends (ITVX)

  • Episode:

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 08 Dec 2022

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Week:

    Week 49 2022 : Sat 03 Dec - Fri 09 Dec

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Fri 18 Nov 2022

A Spy Among Friends

Full series drop on ITVX on Thursday 8 December.

Series overview:

Hotly anticipated cold war drama A Spy Among Friends is a series based on the New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Macintyre. In collaboration with Sony Pictures Television, ITV Studios and Veritas Entertainment Group, the series produced in the UK stars Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor, Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions) and Emmy® Award-winner, Guy Pearce (Jack Irish, Mare of Easttown). Lewis will also serve as executive producer.

The six-episode series dramatises the true story of Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, two British spies and lifelong friends. Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet double agent in history. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery. Philby’s deeply personal betrayal, uncovered at the height of the Cold War, resulted in the gutting of British and American Intelligence.

From the producers of Homeland, this espionage thriller dramatises the illustrious, and true story, set at the height of the Cold War, of Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and Kim Philby (Pearce) — two spies and lifelong friends, one of whom  was betraying the other all along.

Alongside Pearce and Lewis, cast members include Anna Maxwell Martin (“Motherland,” “Line of Duty”), Adrian Edmondson (“Back to Life,” “The Pact”) and Stephen Kunken (“Billions,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”).
 

Episode 1: Boom-ooh-yatatatah

In the wake of Kim Philby’s escape to Moscow, his closest friend in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (also known as MI6.), Nicholas Elliott, is under investigation by Mrs. Lily Thomas from the Security Service (MI5): Did he facilitate Philby’s escape because he’s also a traitor working for the Russians, or is it just that his judgement was clouded at a critical moment by their twenty-three year friendship? Or maybe, just maybe, he in fact had the last laugh having manipulated Philby to run to the bosom of the KGB for foreign intelligence purposes.