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Cambridge Spies: Episode One (S1EP1 BBC2 9 May 2003, Samuel West)



Episode One: While at Cambridge university two students, Philby and Maclean, are approached by Intelligence officers and requested to spy. It does not take Philby too long to realise that it is not the British Intelligence services who want them, but the Russians. They agree to spy for the Russians and, once the school year ends, Kim is sent on assignment to Vienna, where he marries committed communist Lettie Friedman. Once back in England, Philby’s runner,Blunt, tells him that the marriage is not in the interests of the mission, and Philby has to end it.

Regular Cast: Toby Stephens (Kim Philby), Tom Hollander (Guy Burgess), Samuel West (Anthony Blunt), Rupert Penry-Jones (Donald Maclean), Stuart Laing (Jack Hewit)

Guest Cast: Marcel Lures, Lisa Dillon, Peter Eyre, Adam Blackwood, Patrick Kennedy, Jenna Harrison, Daniel Hart, Simon Woods, Colin Higgins

Writer: Peter Moffat / Director: Tim Fywell

Airdate: 9 May 2003 on BBC2

Series: Cambridge Spies Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: The story of Britain’s most infamous double agents, Philby, Burgess, Blunt and Maclean. Starting in the 1930s when they were recruited during their Cambridge university days by the soviets and following them as they wormed their way into the British establishment.