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Reilly, Ace of Spies: Prelude to War (S1EP2 ITV 7 Sep 1983, Peter Egan)

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Prelude to War: 1904: Reilly is stationed in Port Arthur and forced to help the Japanese, against his better judgement, in taking the port from the Russians. As a mass evacuation gets under way, Reilly’s plans are put at risk by a soft-spoken detective.

Regular Cast: Sam Neill (Sidney Reilly), Leo McKern (Zaharov), Norman Rodway (Cummings), Peter Egan (Fothergill), Jeananne Crowley (Margaret), Tom Bell (Dzerzhinsky), Hugh Fraser (Hill), Kenneth Cranham (Lenin), Celia Gregory (Nadia), Ian Charleson (Lockhart), David Burke (Stalin)

Guest Cast: David Suchet, Derek Newark, Joris Stuyck, Paul Williamson, Alex McCrindle, Richard Rees

Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin / Director: Martin Campbell

Airdate: 7 Sep 1983 on ITV

Series: Reilly, Ace of Spies Season 1 Episode 2

Show Info: Period spy drama serial. During the days of the Russian revolution, Sidney Reilly, son of an aristocratic Odessa family, works for the British government trying to bring down the Bolshevik government.