Cambridge Spies

Cambridge Spies
Genre Historical drama
Written by Peter Moffat
Directed by Tim Fywell
Starring Tom Hollander
Toby Stephens
Samuel West
Rupert Penry-Jones
Composer(s) John Lunn
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Laura Mackie
Gareth Neame
Sally Woodward Gentle
Producer(s) Mark Shivas
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor BBC
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 9 May (2003-05-09) –
30 May 2003 (2003-05-30)

Cambridge Spies is a four-part BBC television drama, broadcast on BBC2 in May 2003, concerning the lives of the best-known quartet of the Cambridge Five Soviet spies, from 1934 to the 1951 defection of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean to the Soviet Union.[1] The series was written by Peter Moffatt and directed by Tim Fywell.[2] The complete series was released on DVD on 2 June 2003.[3] Viewing figures for the series averaged at 2 million per episode.[4]


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Episodes (2003)

No. Title Directed by Written by British air date UK viewers
1 "Episode 1" Tim Fywell Peter Moffat 9 May 2003 (2003-05-09) 2.80
While at Cambridge University, 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 Soviets. They agree to spy for the Soviets and once the university year ends, Philby is sent on assignment to Vienna, where he marries committed Communist Litzi 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.
2 "Episode 2" Tim Fywell Peter Moffat 16 May 2003 (2003-05-16) N/A
Burgess gets a job at the BBC.
3 "Episode 3" Tim Fywell Peter Moffat 23 May 2003 (2003-05-23) N/A
With the German invasion of the Soviet Union, the spies find themselves working for the Allies.
4 "Episode 4" Tim Fywell Peter Moffat 30 May 2003 (2003-05-30) N/A
The Soviets detonate an atom bomb.


  1. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Cambridge Spies".
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - Programmes - Newsnight - Review - Cambridge Spies".
  3. ^ "Cambridge Spies". 2 June 2003 – via Amazon.
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