Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Poisoned KGB Agent in HBO Miniseries ‘Londongrad’

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Londongrad, like the book, will tell the story of the agent’s life as well as the investigation into how his assassination was carried out

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October 30, 2021, 11:10 a.m.

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Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo: Collected

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Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo: Collected

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in a weirder-than-fiction limited series that included the KGB, poison tea, and global espionage.

The acclaimed English actor has been cast as Alexander Litvinenko in the upcoming HBO miniseries Londongrad, according to Variety. In addition, his company, Sunnymarch, will participate in the production of the limited series.

Although Londongrad is named after a 2015 Russian comedy series, it is not a remake. The limited series will be based on Alan Cowell’s book The Terminal Spy, which tells the story of Litvinenko, published in 2008.

In London in 2006, the former KGB spy and possible defector was inexplicably poisoned. He died of the radioactive isotope polonium-210, 22 days after being admitted to hospital.

Londongrad, like the book, will tell the story of the agent’s life as well as the investigation into how his assassination was carried out.


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