Airdate: The Game

A new espionage thriller from Toby Whithouse is coming to BBC First.


On Monday BBC First premieres The Game, described as “a six-part, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.”

Created by critically acclaimed Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who), it is set in 1972 London when tensions are at a terrifying peak as the world’s super powers plot against their enemies.

It stars Tom Hughes, Brian Cox. Paul Ritter, Shaun Dooley, Chloe Pirrie, Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Aris and Judy Parfitt.

The threat: a dangerous and deadly Soviet plot, designed to bring Britain to its knees, dubbed Operation Glass. This is where The Game begins – a stylish, character-driven spy drama that explores the lives and lies of the invisible soldiers fighting a secret war. When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox, The Bourne Supremacy, An Adventure in Space and Time), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission: stop the plot, save Britain and in turn, the world.

With relations between the Soviet Union and Britain fractured due to the former’s occupation of Eastern Europe, the series shines a light on how spying and covert operations further damaged the two nations’ relationship. The KGB, accused of countless crimes, dispatched spies all over Britain to embed themselves alongside her finest in order to infiltrate and later, carry out acts of terror.

8.30pm from March 23 BBC First.

One Response

  1. The idea of combining Spooks with Ashes To Ashes sounded a great combination. Sadly, this turned out to be very slow, dull and beige. We gave up half way through the first Ep! I expected far more from Toby Whithouse!!!!

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