Media Praise for Legacy:

A strong cast includes Simon Russell Beale at his beady-eyed, utterly controlled best.
The Guardian
It was impossible not to think of le Carre’s fiction while watching BBC Two’s one-off spy drama Legacy, Paula Milne’s moody adaptation of a much-lauded novel by Alan Judd.
The Telegraph
Rivetingly acted, particularly by Simon Russell Beale, as Charles’s boss, and Romola Garai, as the alluring wife of a fellow agents…it was so pacy the 90 minutes flew by.
Mail on Sunday
Beautifully shot, London-set cold war thriller… ninety minutes of tense, stylish joy.
The Guardian
An old-school, they-don't-make-'em-like-that-anymore Cold War thriller… worth watching.
The Times
Visually beautiful, and its twists will keep you gripped until the final dramatic revelations.
Daily Telegraph
Spies, subterfuge and stylish tailoring in this taut and elegant cold war thriller.
The Guardian
I should point out here that everyone in Legacy is rather bloody brilliant.
The Independent

Legacy Synopsis

Set in 1970s London during the height of the Cold War, Legacy is a gripping espionage thriller directed by Pete Travis (Dredd, Endgame, Omagh), with a screenplay by Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, Small Island, Endgame). Adapted from Alan Judd’s novel and commissioned as part of BBC Two’s Cold War season, the 90-minute film stars Charlie Cox, Andrew Scott, Simon Russell Beale and Romola Garai.

1974 – the middle of the Cold War. Charles Thoroughgood (Cox), a trainee spy in MI6’s Britain’s Secret Service, is asked to revive his former friendship with Russian Diplomat Viktor Koslov (Scott) with a view to “turning” him. When Viktor reveals a shocking truth about Charles’ family that threatens to derail him both personally and professionally, Charles is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth.

Legacy Trailer

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Legacy Cast & Crew


Charlie Cox Charles Thoroughgood
Romola Garai Anna March
Simon Russell Beale Hookey
Andrew Scott Viktor
Christian McKay Hugo March
Richard McCabe Gerry
Olivia Grant Eva
Tessa Peake-Jones Joyce
Geraldine James Martha
Robert Ashby Annikov
Alec Utgoff Rhykov
Charlotte Randle Emily


Written by Paula Milne
Based on the novel Legacy by Alan Judd
Producer Rob Bullock
Director Pete Travis
1st AD Tim Riddington
Location manager Emma Woodcock
Production co-ordinator Jill Forbes
Art director Lynne Huitson
Post production supervisor Jessica Rundle
Casting director Celestia Fox
Costume designer Claire Anderson
Make-up & hair designer Lesley Lamont-Fisher
Assistant Script Editor Sian McWilliams
Script executive Rebecca Ferguson
Editor Stuart Gazzard
Production designer Victor Molero
Director of photography Felix Wiedemann
Line producer Elizabeth Binns
Executive producer for BBC Lucy Richer
Executive producers Simon Crawford Collins,
Paula Milne & Alan Judd