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as Detective Taylor
as Danny's Lawyer
as Professor Marcus Shaw
as Mr Turner / Groundsman
as Mrs Turner / Nanny
as Danny's Boss
as Lead Party Guy
as Danny's Mother
as Danny's Father
as Phone Voice
as Oldest Guy
as The American
as Young Alex
as Agent in Attic
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You can get sucked in by the spycraft, but this is also a parable about queerness, and a fascinating character piece for Whishaw, as he musters all his resources to fight those who deny the love that Danny knew was true.
Inclusive storytelling vs. entertaining storytelling. Both can coexist. Even within the slog of London Spy, there are plenty of times when they do.
It most certainly rewards you for your focus, as it brings you into a sense of real time with the characters and enables you to see and feel all of what is at stake.
Whishaw's intense fixity of purpose could do nothing to defibrillate his DOA dialogue.
The spycraft is all offscreen, seen only in its devastating effects on Danny's life, and drama is about the heartless destruction of innocent lives to protect embarrassing truths from coming to light and the sacrifices that individuals make out of love.
Audience Reviews for London Spy: Series 1
The first half of this miniseries is demanding and mind-bending, with excellent suspense/thriller writing, cinematography and acting. If only the second half had been so good, this would easily be a 5-star project. However, the taut, expert script writing falls apart in the second half with glaring inconsistencies and plot holes developing to spoil the story. (For example, a point is made in the first half of the series that Alex is an expert at sniffing out genuine people from liars, and in later episodes, it becomes an even more significant point -- but in the second half of the series, a major plot point supposes Alex was involved in a long-term relationship with a nonprofessional double agent hired through a non-spy/commercial source for a nefarious purpose with Alex being completely unaware of the deception. Ridiculous!) In the latter half, the script writing impressed me as lazy -- of the character one might expect from 1980s serial television shows like Dallas or Falcon Crest. That said, the acting remains excellent throughout and the sensitive, human approach to the characters' development is rewarding. I recommend this miniseries, but it ultimately fails to fulfill its formidable potential.
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