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London Spy recap: episode one – Whitehall wonks, hidden trunks

Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft and Jim Broadbent make the most of their roles in the opening episode of BBC2’s intriguing new espionage drama from Tom Rob Smith

London hasn’t lacked high-calibre televised espionage thrillers in recent years, but the world of London Spy is a very different one to that of David Hare’s Page Eight or Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, where deals are still done by wry, rumpled gentlemen over a malt whisky.

We don’t yet know how it’ll take shape for series creator Tom Rob Smith, but after the beguiling, sedate blossoming of the love affair, the murky climax implied something altogether less convivial, with a heavy nod to the real-life “spy in the suitcase”.

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