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A Spy Among Friends Britbox Australia Premiere 9 December 2022

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A Spy Among Us, the new thriller series based on the book by Ben Macintyre, will premiere on Britbox Australia on 9 December 2022.

One of the most infamous traitor tales in British spy history, A Spy Among Friends dramatises a true tale of betrayal and friendship set in the covert world of espionage.

Guy Pearce portrays the endearing Kim Philby, and Damian Lewis portrays Nicholas Elliott, his longtime friend and coworker.

The six-episode limited series centres on a friendship that led to the destruction of British and American intelligence during the Cold War’s height and helped to set the stage for a risky game against Russia that is still being played today.

The most notorious Cold War traitor from England is Kim Philby, who was hired by Soviet intelligence to infiltrate MI6 and was able to do so covertly for 30 years. Highly regarded intelligence officer Nicholas Elliott learned that his 23-year-old best friend had been betraying him from the start.

The series was created by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning British writer Alexander Cary (Homeland, Taken), who is producing alongside BAFTA award-winner Patrick Spence (Adult Material, Fortitude, Peaky Blinders).

Country Manager of BritBox Australia Moira Hogan said:

“With its outstanding cast and high quality production, A Spy Among Friends tells the story of close friendship and complete betrayal against the backdrop of the Cold War. This is a fascinating insight into a world of elite British spies and we’re thrilled to bring A Spy Among Friends as a BritBox Original to audiences.”

The all-star cast also includes Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Line of Duty) and Stephen Kunken (Billions, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Adrian Edmondson (Back to Life, The Pact).
The limited series is directed by BAFTA award-winner Nick Murphy (Save Me, A Christmas Carol) and produced by BAFTA award-winner Chrissy Skinns (Elizabeth is Missing, The Last Kingdom). Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen are executive producers for Veritas Entertainment Group. Damian Lewis will also serve as executive producer through his production company, Ginger Biscuit Entertainment

The series is produced in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television, ITV Studios and Veritas Entertainment Group. A Spy Among Friends will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITVX later this year. The series is distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.