The Midges

Series 5 - Episode 3 The Midges



This drama asks all sorts of questions of its deep-cover KGB heroes. One of them is: how could you live in 1980s America and not see that life there was, for all its failings, better and less oppressive than 1980s Russia? Whatever ideals drive Philip and Elizabeth, it’s clear, while mixing with defector Alexei and hearing, on a trip to the bowling alley, his account of Soviet failings, that something rings true – and troubles Philip.

Why can’t the Soviet Union feed itself? Why does it need to import the grain that the US is apparently now planning to infest with pests, thus starving the Russian poor further? The cracks are beginning to show.


Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige more about the family business, but pressing new questions arise when an operation takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, a sensitive package jeopardises Oleg's life back home.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Jennings Keri Russell
Philip Jennings Matthew Rhys
Dennis Aderholt Brandon J Dirden
Oleg Burov Costa Ronin
Paige Jennings Holly Taylor
Stan Beeman Noah Emmerich
Matthew Beeman Danny Flaherty
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