Damian Lewis: Spy Wars sees the actor donning a different hat to present a documentary series about spying
But now he’s swapping acting for presenting (something he’s never done before, unless you count a few stints on Have I Got News for You) to front this rollercoaster new eight-part series about real-life spies.
The tales are far more thrilling – and far-fetched – than any James Bond-style fiction, too.
This week it’s the story of KGB double agent Oleg Gordievsky. He risked everything to save the world from nuclear war back in the 1980s, at a time when Reagan and Andropov had their fingers on the red button.
But when his cover was eventually blown, MI6 had to launch a top-secret operation to exfiltrate Gordievsky from Moscow, which involved smuggling him in the boot of a car across the border to Finland.