A+E Networks and A+E Networks UK have teamed with Billions and Homeland actor Damian Lewis on a factual co-production that looks at critical spy stories over the past four decades.
Produced by London-based unscripted indie Alaska TV in association with Lewis’ own recently launched Rookery Productions, Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (w/t; 8 x 60 minutes), will reveal the true stories behind some of the most important international spy operations of the last 40 years. The docudrama will spotlight these real events as well as their personal and geopolitical consequences.
Lewis (pictured) guides audiences in each episode and investigates everything from the Cold War through to the “War on Terror” and the renewed espionage tensions of the present day. Additionally, he will look at the context of key incidents which, in several instances, brought the world to the brink of war. Each case features experts and former spies on all sides, including ex-Mossad, ex-CIA, ex-KGB and ex-MI6 agents.
Spy Wars is shot on location in Moscow, London and Israel and utilizes reconstructions to unpack these spy operations that have shaped today’s geo-political landscape.
The new series will premiere in the UK on History in 2019 and will be available on Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk.
A+E Networks has global distribution rights and will introduce Spy Wars to the international marketplace at MIPTV in Cannes this April.
“We’re thrilled to have Damian Lewis on History for his first foray into factual television and with the ramping up of intelligence activities on all sides, and renewed tensions between East and West, there can be no better time to explore some of the most iconic spy operations of recent years,” said Korn in a statement.
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