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Cambridge Spies 

The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tom Hollander ...  Guy Burgess 4 episodes, 2003
Toby Stephens ...  Kim Philby 4 episodes, 2003
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Donald Maclean 4 episodes, 2003
Samuel West ...  Anthony Blunt 4 episodes, 2003
Stuart Laing Stuart Laing ...  Jack Hewit 3 episodes, 2003
Darrell D'Silva ...  Henry 2 episodes, 2003
Anna-Louise Plowman ...  Melinda 2 episodes, 2003
Ronald Pickup ...  Colonel Winter 2 episodes, 2003
Marcel Iures ...  Otto 2 episodes, 2003
Angus Wright ...  Guy Liddell 2 episodes, 2003
Patrick Kennedy ...  Julian Bell 2 episodes, 2003
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ...  Porter 2 episodes, 2003
John Light ...  James Angleton 2 episodes, 2003
Imelda Staunton ...  The Queen 2 episodes, 2003
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The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

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The most notorious double agents in British history.

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cambridge Spies See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The BBC, who produced this mini-series, have a BBC History website, which states: "Maclean, Burgess, Philby and Blunt were British members of a KGB spy ring that penetrated the intelligence system of the UK and passed vital information to the Soviets during World War Two and the early stages of the Cold War." See more »

Goofs

Spanish Civil War began in 1936. Prince of Wales became Edward VIII in January of that year. The prince could not have been at aristocrat's house after the war had begun. See more »

Quotes

Kim Philby: It's a simple, unavoidable choice, Donald. Communism or fascism. Everything in the middle has gone to sleep. To fight fascism you have to be a communist. Anything else is appeasement.
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Connections

Version of Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977) See more »

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Alleleuia Chorus from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel
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Amazing
23 May 2003 | by mattsdaySee all my reviews

The BBC has once again shown that they can still create top quality drama. While there may be some historical issues with the script, one has to admire the fact that the characters are portrayed accurately and convincingly. Having just seen the last of the four-part series, I can comment that for entertainment value it is top notch.

Sure, some may argue the historical facts are inaccurate, or that the light spun upon the situation is somewhat different to how it was at the time, but much information about the infamous Cambridge spies is uncertain at best - in particular Kim Philby (Toby Stephens) is somewhat a mystery even today. Do not be fooled into thinking that this series is a documentary, it isn't. However, you will be forgiven for thinking that you are watching the actual events, with the locations, pieces and acting all first class.

Watch it with an open mind, as if it is fictional. You will be greatly rewarded, excited and even humoured at how four masterminds underplayed the archaic MI6 for their principals. I'd certainly recommend it.

Overall: 9/10 - Losing the ultimate 1 mark for seeming rushed in parts and sometimes making it hard to understand the relationships between the very complex characters - particularly at the start of the series.


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