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London Spy - (S01E05)

Mystery . Crime . Drama

A romance between an MI6 code genius and an ordinary man promises happiness. But tragedy strikes when the spy dies in suspicious circumstances, forcing his lover to pursue the truth behind his death.

Episode Title: Episode 5
Airs: 2015-12-07 at 09:00 PM
  • Vicki Hyman

    Muscular writing and powerful performances.... You can get sucked in by the spycraft, but this is also a parable about queerness, and a fascinating character piece for Whishaw.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    A riveting existential mystery. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s elliptical and indirect at times--and sometimes a little too enigmatic--but its narrative drive is strengthened by a percolating anger at injustice, fear-mongering and prejudice. This haunting drama becomes more captivating over the course of its five installments, thanks in large part to sensational performances from Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Elisabeth Vincentelli

    [A] gorgeously somber BBC America miniseries.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There are touches in Spy that seem rather needlessly gothic and unnecessarily grim, but they're more than redeemed by its sustained sense of place and by wonderful performances from Whishaw, Broadbent and, in smaller roles, Holcroft and Charlotte Rampling. And unlike so many modern projects, it seems to be exactly the length it should be, with pauses in the action there to draw us into the characters rather than just as padding.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Creator Tom Rob Smith's story may eventually seem far-fetched (or so I choose to hope), but Whishaw's performance as an emotional drifter who finds a focus only when it might be too late is too good to miss.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    To say that Broadbent is heartbreaking and Rampling an enigmatic marvel is to state the obvious; 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    London Spy is a love story, then, between Danny and Alex first and foremost--one of the most intimate and nuanced of gay love stories put on TV in some time. Smith’s precision in this arena is at the heart of what makes London Spy so good.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    London Spy is provocative and strange.

    Time Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    You may or may not struggle with the heightened, heated-up filmmaking in London Spy, which is filled with artful camera angles and non-linear time leaps, but you will likely fall under Whishaw’s spell.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    London Spy, premiering Jan. 21 on BBC America, is a complex, sometimes cryptic import that is worth puzzling over.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Rob Smith's wildly original five-part London Spy is an emotional tour de force for rising star Ben Whishaw. [18-31 Jan 2016, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Spencer Kornhaber

    Five episodes might sound like a perfect, lithe treatment for such a tale, but the truth is it really only needed two or three. London Spy should have been a movie. To be fair, the storytelling does pay off frequently enough that I don’t regret having sat through the whole thing. Those strong character relationships feel all the more real because of the amount of time spent with them. And the drip-drop pacing allows for some exquisitely terrifying climaxes.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    London Spy proceeds at a languid pace that will either draw you in, entranced, or repel you with tedium. I was drawn in, yet not quite entranced, but the series gets both better (it always helps anything when Charlotte Rampling shows up) and more flawed as it proceeds.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Occasional tedium sometimes makes London Spy a slog, and that's a shame because at its best moments--all of which are Whishaw moments--the show is gripping. There's a gasping desperation to Danny, and like any fully developed human, he feels original and unique, and his struggles matter because they're his. Unfortunately one of the things he's struggling against is a show that isn't 100 percent sure what to do with him.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brandon Nowalk

    The mechanical storytelling is insurmountable even for such a talented cast, but there is some satisfaction in watching Ben Whishaw sit down for an informal interrogation by Charlotte Rampling or feel out a scoundrel and potential ally played by Mark Gatiss.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Here and there, Mr. Whishaw overcomes Mr. Smith’s stilted dialogue and Mr. Verbruggen’s predilections for looming close-ups and circling cameras.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Whishaw may keep the human story from being swamped by bad writing and worse direction, but Rampling and Broadbent are doomed.... In the end, none of it makes a great deal of sense.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review

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