MGM Plus Secures Rights to 'A Spy Among Friends' Drama Series

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The MGM Plus premium service – currently known as Epix – has acquired the rights to the scripted crime series A Spy Among Friends.

The six-episode series stars Damien Lewis and Guy Pearce and follows the exploits of two British spies, according to the service. 

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel written by Ben Macintyre, the series follows friends Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby -- the latter became the most notorious British defector and Soviet double agent in history. Also starring in A Spy Among Friends are Anna Maxwell Martin, Stephen Kunken and Adrien Edmondson. 

The series, produced by ITV Studios and Sony Pictures Television, will debut on MGM Plus in 2023. Lewis serves as executive producer along with Alexander Cary, Patrick Spence, Nick Murphy, Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, and Peter Jaysen. 

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MGM Plus head Michael Wright said in a statement: "Alex Cary has brilliantly adapted Ben Macintyre's historical novel about friendship, loyalty, and betrayal. He, along with Nick Murphy, Damian Lewis, and the remarkable cast led by Lewis and Guy Pearce, have brought to life this riveting tale of two British spies whose deep personal bond and long friendship is challenged by duplicity and deception. This series is emblematic of our new MGM+ brand and the rich, cinematic, and character-driven stories we aim to tell." ■

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