Spies of Warsaw (TV series)
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|Spies of Warsaw|
|Written by||Dick Clement, Alan Furst, Ian La Frenais|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Krakow, Warsaw|
|Running time||180 minutes total|
|Original network||BBC Four|
|Original release||9 January –|
16 January 2013
The television series takes its name from its source, The Spies of Warsaw, a 2008 spy novel by Alan Furst.
Main cast includes:
- David Tennant - Jean-François Mercier
- Janet Montgomery - Anna Skarbek
- Marcin Dorocinski - Antoni Pakulski
Support cast includes:
- Miroslaw Zbrojewicz - Marek
- Ellie Haddington - Madame Dupin
- Burn Gorman - Jourdain
- Radoslaw Kaim - August Voss
- Linda Bassett - Malka Rosen
- Allan Corduner - Viktor Rosen
- Anton Lesser - Doctor Lapp
- Piotr Baumann - Maxim Mostov
- Jan Pohl - Zoller
- Richard Lintern - Colonel Lessard
- Julian Glover - General Beauvilliers
- Fenella Woolgar - Lady Angela Hope
- Richard Teverson - Roddy Fitzware
- Tuppence Middleton - Gabrielle
- Tusse Silberg - Helena Skarbek
- Gregg Lowe - Young German Soldier
- Grazyna Zielinska - Wladzia
- Grzegorz Emanuel - Weasel
- Nicholas Blane - Papa Heiniger
- Dan Fredenburgh - Armand
- Julian Harris - Duff Cooper
- Ziggy Heath - Kazimir
- Bogdan Koca - Leszek
- Adam Godley - Julius Halbach
- Nicholas Murchie - Johannes Elter
There are four episodes, which have also aired as a two-part series.
The series was shot primarily in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the television series 64% from critics and 50% from average audience.
In January 2013, the Telegraph liked the series for many features: appropriateness for "intergenerational shared viewing," "never... too visually brutal," and the "playing of the minor characters... was convincingly understated." The Guardian complained, "It should have been the perfect spy thriller. It had everything. Except tension."
In April 2013, New York Times deemed the series "true to the original in story and in spirit," Slate an "engrossing, if slow-moving drama," and the Boston Globe "a strangely bloodless affair."
The New York Times found the series "enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale without a lot of twists or extra layers."
Broadcast and release
BBC America aired the series in April 2013.
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