Greetings and welcome to another of my television reviews this week I have moved from my channel 4 shows to a BBC show, the BBC’s new spy thriller ‘The Game‘ shown on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC2 starring Brian Cox as ‘Daddy’ and Tom Hughes as the lead character ‘Joe Lambe’ An exciting 1970’s cold war spy thriller about a team of MI5 officers working to uncover a soviet plot against the UK. So without further ado lets get to it.
As a fan of military and espionage history I was always going to be tuned into this new thriller from the BBC and had high hopes for it which have not been let down. The opening episode of this show introduced us to Joe Lambe a MI5 agent working abroad to turn soviet agents into spies for the west. Joe is seen with a woman whom he is hoping will become an agent and whom he appears to have some feelings for when both are captured by the KGB and the woman is shot dead in front of him. This is a slickly written and produced show with lovely visuals and a ‘Mad Men’ feel of the 1970’s UK hard drinking and smoking going on all over the place, hardly a scene goes by without one of the cast sparking up a cigarette or pouring themselves a scotch.
This is a very character driven show with lots of morally dubious characters and with whom you always get the feeling that they are up to something, probably very typical of MI5 staff. We get to meet the MI5 team assembled to deal with this threat discovered when a sleeper agent turns and informs the MI5 of the major operation against the UK. The cast are an assortment of flawed types with lots of personal issues from Joe himself who can’t seem to let go the dead woman shot on the beach to the mummy’s boy Bobby Waterhouse head of K branch, even the bumbling tech guy has alot going on an inter office relationship for starters which I doubt MI5 would really approve of. These characters have lots going on and I am excited to see how each develops and what each of their agendas really are.
Being only two episodes into this new series(episode 3 airs tonight) I can’t tell you much about the characters and what makes them tick or indeed go into much detail about the plot and story-line, but what I can tell you is that it is a gripping thriller well written, well acted and has high production values a quality new espionage thriller that is definitely worth watching. In conclusion this is the reason I pay my television license high quality shows which have you on tender hooks waiting for more. so until next week, I’m off for a scotch neat and a cheeky Winfield cigarette.