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The Spies

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Spies

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Review

Last week we saw how Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare), one of Mrs Coulter’s more sinister friends, has a special talent. There’s a sort of portal in an old greenhouse through which he can cross over into… an everyday, familiar Oxford of traffic, mobile phones and coffee shops. He does so again tonight and finds a terrifying surprise: his car has been clamped. It’s a moment of levity in an episode that otherwise piles woe onto our hero Lyra’s shoulders.

She is taking refuge with the boat-dwelling Gyptians and in a crucial scene demands answers from Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff). She also wants answers from the all-knowing alethiometer device: but how the devil does it work?  

Summary

After escaping from the clutches of the Gobblers, Lyra finds help from an unlikely source. With their assistance she is able to piece together more about her past and keep herself safe from Mrs Coulter and the Magisterium. Adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy adventure novel series, starring Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Lyra Belacqua Dafne Keen
Mrs Coulter Ruth Wilson
Ma Costa Anne-Marie Duff
The Master Clarke Peters
Farder Coram James Cosmo
John Faa Lucian Msamati
Carlo Boreal Ariyon Bakare
Tony Costa Daniel Frogson
The Bright-Eyed man Nabil Elouahabi
Benjamin De Ruyter Simon Manyonda
Fra Pavel Frank Bourke
Thomas Robert Emms
Raymond Van Gerrit Mat Fraser
Jack Verhoeven Geoff Bell
Voice of Pantalaimon Kit Connor
Adapted By Jack Thorne
Director Dawn Shadforth
Producer Laurie Borg
Writer Philip Pullman
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