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"London Spy" review by Suzanne 2/1/16
Airs Thursdays 10/9c on BBCA

If you have patience, then I'd advise you to watch this show because it's very good. The plot is intriguing, the actor is great, and it a gay love story. However, my main problem with it is that it's very slow moving. If I had been watching it just for myself, and for review, I would have fast-forwarded through 2/3 of it.

Eventually, it does move along more and draws you into this murder-mystery espionage drama. It just takes a really long time to get there.  Ben Whishaw (The Hour) plays Danny, a young guy who has a dead-end job and spends his nights clubbing and looking for love. Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall) plays Alex, another gay guy that meets up with Danny. They're both very awkward in their romance, but they're sweet, so we enjoy them falling in love, even though it's very slow-moving.

Danny has an older gay man, Scottie, as a mentor (the excellent Jim Broadbent); he introduces his new lover to Scottie.  Then Alex goes missing, and leaving Danny to deal with a lot of shocking revelations. Also, Danny can tell that something weird is going on because he finds Alex's body stuffed into a trunk in the attic, and he also finds lots of S&M equipment. He also finds some kind of computer drive that he hides from everyone, including the police. I'm sure the rest of the series is about how Danny tries to learn the truth.

If you don't mind a super-slow drama, you should definitely watch this great story with wonderful performances.


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