London Spy

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  • London Spy
  • Oh my, that was goooooood!

    The similarities with the Pimlico case must have been at least partially intentional, but that aside….Gosh.

    Wishaw’s performance was outstanding, and Jim Broadbent? Such a lovely balance of cuddly loveliness and utter menace. Am now on tenterhooks to find out what happens next….

    If you missed it, get to iPlayer. Well worth it.

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    Yeah. Totally agree. Excellent, best drama I’ve seen on beeb for a long while. Hope the rest of the series lives up to the opener.

    I’m assuming the pimlico case was the inspiration for the writers.

    There must have been some “inspiration”! He was a near neighbour when I lived there, was odd to see a face I recognised from the area popping up on the news.

    Just watched it on delay, excellent.

    Very well acted indeed. Annoyed when it ended!

    Stoner
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    Just watched it. I see they managed to stretch 20mins of story out to an hour….

    Can’t say it’s at the top of my must see list…

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    Stoner + 1. Gave up, too boring.

    tang
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    Slow burner, set up nicely for ep2.

    Another ‘like’ here but not sure what I think of ripping off the real spies death for a TV drama – poor taste??

    Bimbler
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    Excellent, best drama I’ve seen on beeb for a long while

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    Jim Broadbent? Such a lovely balance of cuddly loveliness and utter menace

    This

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    I can’t make my mind up, certainly brilliantly acted and superb technical filming but it felt light on content and I didn’t really ‘get’ how Ben Wishaws character became so involved in the other guy. I did think the ending was a bit of a cheap shot though, could have done something similar but suitably different without damaging the plot I’d have thought. I’ll probably watch it next week but I’d not lose any sleep if I miss it.

    Moses
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    I thought it an excellent drama, very well paced. The gay sex scenes were possibly the most graphic I’ve seen on the box. And what the hell were those stainless steel objects for?

    not sure what I think of ripping off the real spies death for a TV drama – poor taste??

    I can’t see this as a problem – otherwise there would be no drama based on anything historic at all, none set in wars, no Jack the Ripper films, nothing featuring car crashes…..

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    I can’t see this as a problem – otherwise there would be no drama based on anything historic at all, none set in wars, no Jack the Ripper films, nothing featuring car crashes…..

    You really can’t see the difference between referencing a very specific, individual incident that happened in the last few years and either historical incidents where there are no living participants or direct relatives even or very generic incidents?

    Moses
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    Yes, I can see the difference clearly. But we’ve been making films about WW11 since 1945, and Iraq / ‘Ghan since before they ended.

    In this specific instance, there are similarities to the Pimlico man-in-a-bag but also major differences that make the parallels unclear or deniable. So it doesn’t make me uncomfortable any more that the the TV programmes featuring IED disposal operations in ‘Ghan, which killed a relative of mine a few years back.

    OK I watched last night, anyone else?

    I was right in shouting “not your real parents” at the telly but didnt see the next day’s twist coming
    But was that really his parents?
    And what did the housekeeper mean over the sausages by telling him to get away from “these people” (something like that)
    And the American – what was that in the sweet? Suicide pill, tracker or what?

    Hmmmmm, slightly too clever for me but Im still in for next weeks episode

    allthegear
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    Yes! Fantastic TV!!

    The blue pill did look a *lot* like a 160mg OxyContin tablet, actually. Exactly the same colour, shape, everything. Chewing on one without already having a tolerance would be risky to say the least…

    Rachel

    Ok I was tired last night, but struggled a bit, Enjoying JB and BW – great acting

    I wish I was clever enough to follow complex dramas – I needed my more critically aware older son to guide me through it!

    Patter so far – 40mins slow build up before it gets going.

    franki
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    Awesome!
    I don’t watch much TV as a rule, but this drama has me hooked, I didn’t want it to end – must find out more!!!

    project
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    So well acted almost real stories, and the bit in the woods a real experience so well done, loved the bit in the old pump house but didnt understand the bit about the book in the pipe.

    Its going to be a classic of its time and for the young lad to fom Q in James Bond to this is a huge leap of direction.

    ransos
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    loved the bit in the old pump house but didnt understand the bit about the book in the pipe.

    I was wondering about that: also, we were told that they had a relationship for 8 months, so I wondered if we would see some flashbacks that would give clues to Alex’s death. Or maybe we already have.

    Verbruggen also directed The Bridge, and London Spy certainly seems to have a Nordic noir flavour to it.

    I know nothing of this. What is it?

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    Ok, I’m up to date now! A bit different, sometimes slow but ultimately intriguing. The acting is what really makes it for me – first class!

    bearGrease
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    Is pants, the plot has more holes than a tea bag.

    mefty
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    Its going to be a classic of its time and for the young lad to fom Q in James Bond to this is a huge leap of direction.

    I think you need to acquaint yourself with a broader range of his previous work – he is a very established actor.

    project
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    Just being Q is exciting for me

    shermer75
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    Just caught up with this- I think it’s excellent!

    shermer75
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    I got the impression that the book in the pipe is Daniel’s keepsake, and he stashes it in a random pump house because he lives in a squat

    Looking forward to episode 3 – trailers looked promising!

    tang
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    Dark enough for you all?

    Oh my that was good.

    The club scene near the end was excellent, re “settling up”. They also fully captured the ambiance of a club before that. Stuffy, reserved, but yet calm and relaxing.

    Am hooked. Brilliant storytelling, excellent acting and filming. What TV drama should be.

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    Sssssh! Am abroad! No iplayer!

    (Exits thread now to leave you all to the spoilers)

    tang
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    Exactly as I imagined my Grandfather’s club Flash! Quite sinister I thought.

    There certainly is a sinister air in some. The RAC (On of my grandfather’s clubs, as it happens. As in one of my grandfathers, and one of his clubs!) has always felt sinister, as if there are machinations and Machiavellian schemes in every nook and cranny.

    Agreed – top episode

    Have also been wondering about the book in the pipe he hid the combination device
    Possibly some secrets from when he was a rent boy he may cash in before the end?

    Also thinking about the strange motif record bloke recognised and linked to the mobile phone at the end
    Whats the connection between a music celeb and an escort agency which is presumably linked to the spooks?

    Hmmmm – roll on next week

    Damn fell asleep at about 9:40 😳

    jambalaya
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    CFH firstly thanks for the thread, we watched the first two on catchup and this one live. Excellent telly.

    Understand what you mean about the club atmosphere, I thought they did that very well.

    tang
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    One of my Grandfathers was a ‘diplomat’ shortly after the war, Prague desk. I think he spent more time in the club than at home despite only being in Parsons Green!
    Anyway the series flipping brilliant!

    IHN
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    Watched the first three back to back last night, excellent.

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    I’m amazed! Started watching the first one where the 2 blokes met and it was so badly scripted, unrealistic and silly, I gave up after half an hour!
    Maybe I should’ve stuck with it. 😆

    It’s probably worth sticking with Debz but I nearly gave up at the same point. It’s not as good as it’s being made out to be, but it’s still better than a lot of stuff. A poor script and some terrible acting from Ben Whishaw is being compensated for by some classy production and atmospheric cinematography. NOIR…MOAAARRRR NOIR PLEASE! It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.

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