Picks and Pans Review: Blunt

updated 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A & E (Fri., July 24, 8 p.m. ET)

A-

There is nothing the British love and lovingly produce better than a spy story. Here is the true tale of Sir Anthony Blunt, the fourth man in the explosive Burgess-Maclean scandal of the '50s. For us non-Brits who didn't live through the case, this BBC-A & E production can be baffling at the start. But it's a show to stick with, rewarding patience with wonderfully sticky webs of deceit and with delightfully refined performances from Ian Richardson as Blunt, Anthony Hopkins as his lover and fellow spy, Guy Burgess, and Michael Williams as a former comrade.

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