The Game BBC2, 9pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Ev­ery­one loves a good cloak-and-dag­ger es­pi­onage tale, but while James Bond keeps pace with the times, with each film seem­ing more fu­tur­is­tic than the last, au­di­ences are left long­ing for a more old­fash­ioned breed of spy. Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy, set in 1970s Lon­don, per­formed well at the box of­fice a few years ago, and now this new se­ries from BBC, while un­re­lated, con­tin­ues in much the same vein. In 1972, a de­fect­ing KGB of­fi­cer re­veals the ex­is­tence of a shady Soviet plot in­volv­ing sleeper agents posted around Bri­tain.

Brian Cox

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