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Last Updated: Monday, 12 May, 2003, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Cambridge Spies: Your views
Tom Hollander as Guy Burgess and Rupert Penry-Jones as Donald Mclean

Cambridge Spies is a four-part serial chronicling the early careers of Burgess, Maclean, Philby and Blunt as notorious British double agents.

The cast includes Toby Stephens and Rupert Penry-Jones as Kim Philby and Maclean, who are sent on a mission to 1930s fascist Vienna in the first episode.

Tom Hollander plays Guy Burgess and Samuel West, the son of actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West, is aristocrat Anthony Blunt.

So what do you think?

Does the drama do justice to this gripping real-life story? Does it sympathise with the spies' actions, or is it more critical?


I thought it was a marvellously written piece showing some of the dilemmas facing the politically motivated of the time, the only apparent choice being fascism, seen as unfair and dominated by the aristocracy, or communism, seeking an altruistic levelling of society and no middle ground between the two.

Whilst not condoning espionage, one can appreciate the motivations of this group. It's also nice to have a spy-based drama which is not in the Smiley's People mode of people in long overcoats and bowler hats in the rain and semi-darkness! Well and truly hooked by this honest representation. Great acting also helps.
Richard, England

Cambridge Spies is awesome! Sam West is absolutely brill!!!! WOW
Em, UK

I enjoyed the first episode very much and looking forward to the next episode. But it's hard to imagine Toby Stephens as a spy after he's been a Bond baddie.
Iain , UK

It looked good but I couldn't identify the individual characters so the plot got confused.
Craig, Scotland

Tripe of the first order! Designed for the American television market, no doubt!
Rick Yates, UK

As drama it is very good, despite inaccuracies. It shows understanding of what led them to act as they did.
Alistair Baillie, UK




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