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Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past.


Pete Travis


Alan Judd (novel), Paula Milne (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Andrew Scott ... Viktor Koslov
Geraldine James ... Martha
Charlie Cox ... Charles Thoroughgood
Romola Garai ... Anna
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Joyce
Alec Utgoff ... Rhykov
Olivia Grant ... Eva
Simon Russell Beale ... Hookey
Richard McCabe ... Gerry
Christian McKay ... Hugo
Charlotte Randle Charlotte Randle ... Emily
Erick Hayden ... Agent Marks
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Annikov
Daniel Westwood Daniel Westwood ... MI6 Agent
Barrie Martin ... Protester


An MI6 agent tries to make contact with an old friend who now works at the Russian embassy tells him that his father was a Russian spy and he suspects his father may have been involved in 'Operation Legacy' a network of secret caches hidden by the KGB in strategic locations in western countries. Written by vhavnal

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spy | mi6 | kgb | call girl | secret | See All (35) »

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Charlie is informed that Viktor will be returning to Moscow from Stansted in two days. In 1974 Stansted had yet to be developed as London's third airport and had no scheduled international passenger flights. See more »

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Tired and Derivative Piece of Work
4 December 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

With a screenplay by TV heavyweight Paula Milne, and a cast including Simon Russell Beale (of radio Smiley fame) and Andrew Scott (from SHERLOCK), this thriller should have had all the ingredients of being a first-class piece of work, with its Cold War theme intertwined with personal relationships. However Pete Travis' production turns out to be tremendously derivative; the gray settings, rain-washed sidewalks and drab city views recall the TV version of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (1979), Russell Beale simply rehearses his performance as Smiley, with the added spice of a London accent, while Scott adopts an implausible Russian accent. In the leading role Charlie Cox is colorless; he glances mournfully at the camera in several close-ups, but seems to do little else. Structurally speaking, the thriller is well-constructed, with an apparently innocuous beginning leading to an unexpected denouement, but I still got the feeling that the BBC has done this type of work many times before - and much better.

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Release Date:

28 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Deal, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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