Philby, Burgess and Maclean (ITV Playhouse 31 May 1977, Anthony Bate, Derek Jacobi)

Ian Curteis’ acclaimed play tells the story of the three Russian spies who penetrated the British Foreign office. The play covers the period from 1945 – the date of the Volkov Incident – to 1955, when Kim Philby was cleared of being the Third Man in the Burgess and Maclean spy scandal.

The distinguished cast includes Anthony Bate as Kim Philby, Derek Jacobi as Guy Burgess and Michael Culver as Donald Maclean.

production details
UK | ITV – Granada | 1×90 minutes | Broadcast 31 May 1977

Writer: Ian Curteis
Producer and Director: Gordon Flemyng

Series: ITV Playhouse Season 1 Episode 6

Anthony Bate as Kim Philby
Derek Jacobi as Guy Burgess
Michael Culver as Donald Maclean
Bernard Archard as Graves
Barrie Cookson as Helenus Milmo
Oliver Ford Davies as Pattterson
Ingrid Hafner as Aileen Philby
Richard Hampton as Major Sansom
Patrick Holt as Peterson
Robin Hooper as Reed
Richard Hurndall as Sir Stewart Menzies
Anthony Langdon as Volkov
Arthur Lowe as Herbert Morrison
David Markham as Skardon
Hugh Morton as Marcus Lipton

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