Spies of Warsaw (TV series)

Spies of Warsaw is a British television series in which a Deuxième Bureau intelligence agent (spy) poses as a military attaché at the French embassy in Warsaw, and finds himself drawn into the outbreak of World War II.[1]

Spies of Warsaw
GenreHistorical fiction
Written byDick Clement, Alan Furst, Ian La Frenais
Directed by
  • Coky Giedroyc (3 episodes)
  • Weronika Migon (2 episodes)
  • Kiaran Murray-Smith (2 episodes)
Composer(s)Rob Lane
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Richard Fell
Production location(s)Krakow, Warsaw
CinematographyWojciech Szepel
Running time180 minutes total
Production company(s)
  • BBC Worldwide (2012) (World-wide) (all media)
Original networkBBC Four
Original release9 January (2013-01-09) 
16 January 2013 (2013-01-16)
External links
Official website

The television series takes its name from its source, The Spies of Warsaw, a 2008 spy novel by Alan Furst.



Main cast includes:[1]


Support cast includes:[1]


There are four episodes, which have also aired as a two-part series.[2]


The series was shot primarily in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland.[1]


Rotten Tomatoes rated the television series 64% from critics and 50% from average audience.[3]

In January 2013, the Telegraph liked the series for many features: appropriateness for "intergenerational shared viewing," "never... too visually brutal," and the "playing of the minor characters... was convincingly understated."[4] The Guardian complained, "It should have been the perfect spy thriller. It had everything. Except tension."[5]

In April 2013, New York Times deemed the series "true to the original in story and in spirit,"[2] Slate an "engrossing, if slow-moving drama,"[6] and the Boston Globe "a strangely bloodless affair."[7]


The New York Times found the series "enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale without a lot of twists or extra layers."[2]

Broadcast and release

BBC America aired the series in April 2013.[2]

See also


  1. "Spies of Warsaw". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. Stanley, Alessandra (2 April 2013). "Lonely Spy in a Love Triangle". New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. "Spies of Warsaw (2013–2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. Howse, Christopher (10 January 2013). "Spies of Warsaw, BBC Four, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  5. Crace, John (9 January 2013). "TV review: Spies of Warsaw; The Food Inspectors". Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. Thomas, June (3 April 2013). "Why You Should Watch 'Spies of Warsaw'". Slate. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  7. Gilbert, Matthew (2 April 2013). "Spies of Warsaw: Thriller with No Thrills". Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
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