To coincide with the release of A Spy Among Friends, the new thriller series coming to ITV X this week, we sat down with some of the people involved to find out more.

Based on the New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Macintyre, the six-episode series dramatizes the true story of Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, two British spies and lifelong friends. Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet double agent in history. This is a story of intimate duplicity, of loyalty, trust, and treachery. Philby’s deeply personal betrayal, uncovered at the height of the Cold War, resulted in the gutting of British and American Intelligence.

We chat to co-star Anna Maxwell-Martina and director Nick Murphy about the lure of the show, why the spy genre continues to thrive in all its shapes and sizes, why this series will surprise many people with its combination of thrills, spills, and comedic elements, the lead characters played by Guy Pearce and Damian Lewis, and why they would love to tell more stories in the future.

You can watch the interview below:

A Spy Among Friends will be streaming on ITVX from the 8th December.