Nothing beats a good old-fashioned spy drama, and Ben Macintyre has established himself as the king of the spy book.
So, this TV adaptation of his popular British espionage thriller set during the Cold War looks set to be a classic of the genre.
It’s got it all, spies, double agents, intrigue, suspense, a real-life story, and an all-star cast.
You won’t want to miss A Spy Among Friends, but if you are outside the UK, you might find watching this series hard. That’s where we can help, and in this guide, we will show you how to watch A Spy Among Friends abroad.
Where is A Spy Among Friends being shown?
A Spy Among Friends is being broadcast in the UK on ITV.
It is also being streamed live, on-demand, and most importantly, for free, on the ITV X streaming service, which has been recently rebranded from ITV Hub.
Outside the UK, things are harder though.
Viewers in the USA can watch on their Spectrum subscription, but again only if they are in the US. Others in the US and other anglophone countries, like Canada and Australia, will be able to find A Spy Among Friends on Britbox. Again, access is limited to certain countries.
So, if you are off on holiday or travelling for a period outside of your home country, you will need a little assistance.
How do I watch A Spy Among Friends where I am?
To watch A Spy Among Friends anywhere, you will need the help of an app known as a ‘VPN‘.
If you haven’t already heard of a VPN, it is a simple online app that lets you redirect all your internet data through an external server to keep your data safe and hide your true location.
VPNs have servers located anywhere, so to unblock A Spy Among Friends on the ITV X service, you will simply need to connect to a UK-based server and then log in as usual. If you want to watch on Spectrum or Britbox, again, just choose a server in your home country.
Once connected, your streaming service will assume you are in your home country and so let you watch A Spy Among Friends no matter where in the world you happen to be.
Where to get a VPN?
There are so many VPNs on the market, but not all of them are suitable for use when streaming A Spy Among Friends overseas.
ExpressVPN is the best VPN to choose, because it has super-fast speeds ideal for streaming, apps for all the top streaming devices, servers in all the right countries too, and there is even a superb 30-day money-back guarantee too.
The final choice is definitely yours though!
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How to stream A Spy Among Friends in any country
Choosing your VPN is the hard part. As soon as you have made that decision, it’s easy to set things up to enjoy A Spy Among Friends where you are.
To help, we have compiled a simple step-by-step guide that you can follow using ExpressVPN as an example:
Go to the ExpressVPN website and sign up. We recommend their 12-month deal, which will save you 49% and give you an extra three months for free as well.
Then download the ExpressVPN app. Always do this from either the ExpressVPN website or your device’s official app store for security reasons.
Open your new app and log in to your ExpressVPN account using the details given to you at the end of step 1.
Connect to a server located in the United Kingdom (or the appropriate country) by clicking Selected Location and then choosing the UK, and finally pressing the Connect button.
Just wait a few seconds for ExpressVPN to get your connected.
Open the ITV X app or website (or Spectrum or Britbox), log into your account (or set up a free one if you need to), and enjoy A Spy Among Friends in any country.
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What is A Spy Among Friends all about?
A Spy Among Friends is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ben Macintyre.
It tells the story of Nicholas Elliott, a British spy in the 1960’s who learns to his horror, that his colleague, Kim Philby, has been spying for the Russians.
Philby was a member of the notorious Cambridge Five spy ring who handed British secrets to the Russians through the Second World War and well into the start of the Cold War.
His involvement in American engagement meant that he betrayed countless allied secrets to the Soviet Union for decades before finally being unmasked as a double agent in 1963.
After being unmasked, Philby thrillingly defected to Moscow, where he lived out his life in austere comfort.
Alex Carey, who has adapted Macintyre’s novel for the small screen, says of the story, “Macintyre’s books about spies from recent history are relevant and exciting because they examine the larger universal themes of human behaviour that drive individuals among us, and like us, to excel in the murky world of espionage and, for better or worse, leave a lasting impact on the world.”
I know. We can’t wait either!
Who stars in A Spy Among Friends?
A Spy Among Friends has a truly impressive cast.
Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions) stars as Nicholas Elliott, the loyal spy who learns his friend is a double agent.
Meanwhile, the anti-hero of the story, Kim Philby, is portrayed by Guy Pearce (Neighbours, Memento, The Hurt Locker), who makes a welcome return to British TV screens.
Alongside the two main stars are a wealth of support actors who include Anna Maxwell Martin (Line of Duty, Good Omens), Adrian Edmondson (Bottom, The Comic Strip Presents…), and Stephen Kunken (Jason Bourne, The Wolf of Wall Street).
The phrase ‘not-to-miss TV’ sums up A Spy Among Friends perfectly. But, if you don’t live in the right place, you will need some help not to miss this one.
A VPN is what you need, and ExpressVPN is the one to go for. Just sign up, download the ExpressVPN app, log in, connect to a UK-based server (or the appropriate country), and then log in to ITV X as usual.
Spy drama at its best, A Spy Among Friends, is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seats throughout.
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