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Reilly, Ace of Spies

Sam Neill portraying Sidney Reilly in the television mini-series, Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983)
Approx. run time 720 min
Written by Troy Kennedy Martin (screenplay)
Robin Bruce Lockhart (book)
Directed by Martin Campbell,
Jim Goddard
Produced by Chris Burt,
Johnny Goodman,
Verity Lambert
Starring Sam Neill,
Sebastian Shaw,
Hugh Fraser,
John Rhys-Davies,
David Suchet
Music by Harry Rabinowitz,
Dmitri Shostakovich (main theme)
Original channel Euston Films,
Thames Television
United States Home Box Office Home Video
Public Broadcasting Service
United Kingdom Thames Video Collection
Australia Thorn EMI Video Australia
Australia Umbrella Entertainment (DVD)
Release date United Kingdom 5 September 1983
Sweden 12 July 1985
No. of episodes 12

Reilly, Ace of Spies is a 1983 television miniseries, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, and based on the 1967 book Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart. Sam Neill stars as Sidney Reilly. The theme music is the Romance movement from Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Gadfly Suite.

The miniseries was issued on DVD by A&E Home Video on February 22, 2005. Starting on December 8th, 2008 the series is being shown on digital channel UKTV History in the UK.

There are twelve episodes, each approximately 50 minutes in length (the first episode is longer).



Episode # Title Original Airdate Setting
1 An Affair with a Married Woman September 5, 1983 1901
2 Prelude to War September 7, 1983 1904
3 The Visiting Fireman September 14, 1983 1905
4 Anna September 21, 1983 1906
5 Dreadnoughts and Crosses September 28, 1983 1910
6 Dreadnoughts and Doublecrosses October 5, 1983 1910
7 Gambit October 12, 1983 1917
8 Endgame October 19, 1983 1918
9 After Moscow October 26, 1983 1918
10 The Trust November 2, 1983 1924
11 The Last Journey November 9, 1983 1925
12 Shutdown November 16, 1983 1925



Won 1984 BAFTA TV Award

Best Film Editor:

  • Ralph Sheldon
  • Edward Marnier

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