Spies Of Warsaw: Miniseries (2013)


Critic Consensus: Perhaps a bit too slow-moving for some, Spies of Warsaw nevertheless serves up a potent sense of danger and alluring aesthetics in this enduring narrative of espionage and romance.


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Air date: Apr 3, 2013
Air date: Apr 10, 2013

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Classic tale of spying, intrigue and romance, based on the novels of Alan Furst. A German engineer arrives in Warsaw. In a cafe in the city's factory district he meets with Colonel Mercier and information is exchanged for money. Mercier loathes the niceties of ambassadorial lunches, cocktail parties and banquets of a world in which the drums of war can be heard in the background. However, they take on a more interesting dimension when he meets the enigmatic and beautiful Anna Skarbek. While secretly observing panzer exercises in the Black Forest, Mercier sees a simple trick performed with a length of pipe strapped across a car and draws his own conclusions about exactly what it is the Germans are planning. When the Nazis find out what he's been doing, his own life becomes their target.


David Tennant
as Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier
Anton Lesser
as Doctor Lapp
Burn Gorman
as Jourdain
Richard Lintern
as Colonel Lessard
Ludger Pistor
as Edvard Uhl
Jan Pohl
as Zoller
Richard Teverson
as Roddy Fitzware
Nicholas Blane
as Papa Heininger
Kenneth Collard
as Johannes Elter
Rad Kaim
as August Voss
Piotr Baumann
as Maxim Mostov
Linda Bassett
as Malka Rosen
Alan Corduner
as Viktor Rosen
Julian Harries
as Duff Cooper
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Critic Reviews for Spies Of Warsaw Miniseries

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Think of what faced Rick and Ilsa in "Casablanca" and you're on the right track.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

I was glad to find that there was no need to hide behind a cushion at any point during Spies of Warsaw.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's inspiring to see such experienced writers finding new ways to explore their most enduring themes.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Spies of Warsaw is a deeply romantic, intricately plotted, and well-structured character study.

Apr 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Tennant gives a suave and crisp performance.

Apr 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Spies of Warsaw is a classic tale of espionage, chockablock with secret agents peering up one another's skirts (often quite literally).

Apr 3, 2013 | Full Review…

It's good-looking, reliably done, and spy drama fans should find it a robust enough example of the genre.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

... more low-key than thrilling, a handsome period piece that slips between the high society culture of diplomatic affairs and the shadowy world of covert agents, informants, artists, and intellectuals in hiding from both Hitler and Stalin ...

Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Spies delivers the vicarious pleasures of old-fashioned spy movies with the bold contemporary frankness of the best of cable.

Apr 3, 2013 | Full Review…

There's a reason Spies of Warsaw isn't airing as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre.

Apr 2, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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