London Spy: Series 1 Reviews

March 20, 2018
Whishaw, shaping up to be an actor of serious stature, has never nailed it better.
June 8, 2016
What's most striking about it as a drama, and what will frustrate some viewers, is how slow it is.
January 22, 2016
I'd watch Ben Whishaw do just about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 21, 2016
The reasons the romance lacks life and the mystery lacks intrigue are one and the same: Plot leads character. London Spy is a game someone else is playing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 21, 2016
Played by Spectre's Ben Whishaw in a magnetic performance, Danny is a hard-partying misfit who falls for Alex (Edward Holcroft), a shy, closeted banker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 21, 2016
This may not be what you expect from a thriller, but it's mighty fine television nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2016
Inclusive storytelling vs. entertaining storytelling. Both can coexist. Even within the slog of London Spy, there are plenty of times when they do.
January 21, 2016
When the plot and tone go wandering, as they do with exasperating regularity, London Spy rests almost entirely on the astonishing ability of its cast.
January 21, 2016
London Spy is a mood piece, set in a blue-and-gray London and taking long, dawdling detours between plot twists. This might have worked if the mystery elements had been more coherent and interesting.
January 20, 2016
This British import proves that the real joy of the journey is in getting there, not what's revealed when you arrive.
January 20, 2016
The central fact of London Spy, a too-rare show centered around the inner life of a queer person, is that Danny's been spying his whole life.
January 19, 2016
London Spy has a promising title - must be a nifty spy story, eh? Well, it is a spy story, sort of, but hardly nifty: You'll spend five hours searching for a secret decoder device to figure out how so much promise could be so haphazardly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 19, 2016
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.
January 19, 2016
There is something singular about this terrific program, a spare, off-kilter intensity that sets it apart from its peers.
November 11, 2015
Whishaw's intense fixity of purpose could do nothing to defibrillate his DOA dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2015
The BBC has gathered up its money and its writerly and actorly talent and poured it all into London Spy, an unutterably delicious, satisfying dish served up over the next five weeks in portions you will wish to savour.