In the early days of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Reilly works on behalf of the British to topple the Bolsheviks and get Russia back in the war.


Jim Goddard


Troy Kennedy-Martin, R.H. Bruce Lockhart (book) (as Robin Bruce Lockhart)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Sidney Reilly
Norman Rodway ... Cummings
Tom Bell ... Dzerzhinsky
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... Grammaticoff
Michael Aldridge ... Orlov
Kenneth Cranham ... Lenin
Hugh Fraser ... Hill
Ian Charleson ... Lockhart
Clive Merrison ... Savinkov
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Bonch-Brouevich
Jack Klaff ... Karachan
Jan Chappell ... Marie Friede
Derek Smith Derek Smith ... Count Mirbach
David Markham David Markham ... Balfour
Alan Downer Alan Downer ... Berzin


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The Soviet Revolution has been a success and Russis has pulled out of the Eastern FRont as Lenin has sued for peace. Reilly, working again for the Brirish, works behind the scenes to topple the Bolsheviks and open up the second front again. Written by

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This episode takes place in 1918. See more »


In presence of Lenin, the Bolshevik Karachan tells Reilly, "The Bolshevik Party did not want to get out of the war with Germany." In fact, the Bolsheviks had opposed the war from the start, taking part in the anti-war Zimmerwald Conference in 1915. The left-wing opposition to the Brest-Litovsk Treaty was not support for the war as such, but opposition to the harsh terms that Germany had imposed as a price for peace. This political background is crucial for understanding the real events that are depicted in the series. See more »


Sidney Reilly: Who was that?
Grammaticoff: That's Felix Dzerzhinsky, old boy, head of the chequer. This is his headquarters. Don't get mixed up with him, Sidney. he shows his teeth in his eyes if you know what I mean.
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12 October 1983 (UK) See more »

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