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The concluding episode of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’s two-part Alan Furst adaptation finds David Tennant’s Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier tiring of his role as reluctant Cassandra. If no one believes his theories about German plans, he’s just going to go off and live in the woods, dammit. Clearly, in the long term that would never do. There’s a city to save and a romantic subplot to service. This drama resolves itself in admirably effective style, having plenty of fun with the romance of subterfuge, high stakes and identities in flux. Like most espionage thrillers, it gilds the lily somewhat – eastern Europe in the late 1930s was surely a more desperate place than this – but it’s stylish, slick and possessed of two leads (Tennant and Janet Montgomery) with real chemistry.
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