Jan 16, 2014

Tradecraft: Cold War Spy Thriller The Game Coming to BBC America

Americans, too, will get to see The Game, BBC One's previously announced Seventies-set spy series from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse (who also penned one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, "School Reunion")! Deadline reports that BBC America will air the six-episode Cold War series in the fall. (As far as I know BBC One has not yet announced a UK airdate.) The Game stars Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, RED) as the Smiley-esque spymaster "Daddy," along with Tom Hughes (Page Eight), Paul Ritter (Quantum of Solace), Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black), Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Victoria Hamilton (What Remains), Jonathan Aris (James Bond videogames) and Judy Parfitt (The Avengers) as his team of MI5 spycatchers. In the Mission: Impossible tradition, each team member has a unique specialty. The Game will straddle the worlds of episodic and serial television by following an overall mission to expose the mysterious Soviet-backed "Operation Glass" being run against Britain, but focusing each week on taking down a single Russian operative playing a part in the larger operation. It sounds like a throwback in the vein of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or Mr. Palfrey of Westminster, and I can't wait to see it!

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