Tom Hughes and Brian Cox play The Game for BBC2

Critics labelled Tom Hughes 'a younger Benedict Cumberbatch' when the BBC thriller aired in the United States. Now we will finally be able to see what all the fuss is about...

He has been touted as the next Benedict Cumberbatch, and later this month BBC2 viewers will finally be able to see what Tom Hughes is made of as the star of new spy thriller The Game.


The new six-part BBC drama has, peculiarly, already been broadcast in the United States on BBC America, but will only now make its UK debut on BBC2.

Set in 1970s Cold War London, Hughes stars as agent Joe Lambe, an MI5 “honeytrapper” who sleeps with women for information. Lambe is called in to by the head of MI5, a man known only as ‘Daddy’ (Brian Cox), to confront a Soviet plot that threatens the British establishment.


When the series first aired in the United States last November, critics called Dancing on the Edge actor Hughes “a younger (and no doubt cheaper) Benedict Cumberbatch”. You can watch the man himself discuss his role below.