A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: ITVX TO DEBUT NEW SERIES STARRING DAMIAN LEWIS
ITVX will debut A Spy Among Friends, a limited series based on the New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Macintyre.
In collaboration with Sony Pictures Television, ITV Studios and Veritas Entertainment Group, the limited series produced in the UK stars Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce.
Lewis will also serve as executive producer through his production company, Ginger Biscuit Entertainment. From British writer Alexander Cary, producing alongside ITV Studios’ BAFTA award-winner Patrick Spence, the six-episode limited series will have a worldwide premiere airing exclusively on ITVX.
A friendship that resulted in the gutting of British and American intelligence at the height of the Cold War and shaped the field of play for the dangerous game against Russia that we're still trying to win today.
Macintyre’s books about spies from recent history are relevant and exciting because they examine the larger universal themes of human behavior that drive individuals among us, and like us, to excel in the murky world of espionage and, for better or worse, leave a lasting impact on the world.”
Additional cast includes: Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Line of Duty) and Stephen Kunken (Billions, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Adrian Edmondson (Back to Life, The Pact).
Lauren Stein, EVP Drama Development, Sony Pictures Television, said: “Alex and I have worked together over the years so I was thrilled when we finally got him to join the Sony family. A SPY AMONG FRIENDS was the first project he brought us and with the combination of Alex’s creative vision and the talent of Damian and Guy, we immediately knew this was a dream project. I couldn’t be more excited to be working on something so special.”
Damian Lewis said: “I’m excited to be producing and starring in ‘A SPY AMONG FRIENDS.’ These fabulous scripts by Alex Cary take an up-close look at friendship – a friendship that was blinded by love, class, and membership to the right clubs, and ended in betrayal and the deaths of thousands...
"It’s been a fantastic creative process developing ‘Spy’ and now I can’t wait to start filming with Guy and all the other brilliant actors who’ve happily agreed to join us.”
Guy Pearce said: "It’s an honour to be a part of this thrilling project. I’ve always been fascinated by the intriguing MI6 history and getting to go on this journey with Damian makes it all the more brilliant. I’m also very happy to be working again with the wonderful and talented Nick Murphy."
A Spy Among Friends will land on ITVX later this year.