May 7th, 2024

CNN Original Series Engages in Cold War Thriller “Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game”



NEW YORK, NY – (May 7, 2024) – CNN Original Series Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game tracks the spies operating behind the scenes in the 1980s as the Cold War brings two superpowers to the brink of nuclear war. Produced BBC Studios, the four-part series will premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 10pm ET/PT on CNN. The following episodes will air regularly on Sundays at 10pm ET/PT.

This razor-sharp series examines the tenuousness of global geopolitics during the Cold War through the lens of two notorious double agents: Oleg Gordievsky and Aldrich Ames. As President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher maneuver on the world stage to try to resolve the Cold War, it is in fact their agents that are pulling the strings. Gordievsky, the top KGB double agent for the British, proves invaluable by giving insight into the Soviet mindset. In the West, Aldrich is the head of the Soviet Desk for the CIA when he decides to turn traitor and work for the KGB. As the spy wars heat up in the shadows, they threaten to destabilize diplomatic efforts. The betrayals deepen, lives are lost, and some spies must embark on a daring escape.

“Secrets & Spies is a prime example of CNN Originals unique way of bringing new perspectives to historical events – made all the more relevant by the current news cycle,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent, CNN Originals, and creative development for CNN Worldwide. “This series plays like a thriller, unraveling a secret narrative that was entirely unknown as it occurred, and we hope will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.”

Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game includes rare archival interviews and never-before-heard audio from double agents Gordievsky and Ames, as well as interviews with former CIA, FBI, MI6, MI5, KGB officers and former aides to Prime Minister Thatcher and President Reagan.

Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game is executive produced by Lucie Ridout and Abigail Priddle for BBC Studios. Simon Young is the Commissioning Editor for BBC. Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and Katie Hinman are executive producers for CNN Original Series.

Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game will stream live for pay TV subscribers via, CNN connected TV and mobile apps on Sunday, June 2. It will also be available on demand beginning Monday, June 3 to pay TV subscribers via, CNN connected TV and mobile apps, and Cable Operator Platforms.


About CNN Originals

The CNN Originals group develops, produces and acquires original, long-form unscripted programming for CNN Worldwide. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of Talent, CNN Originals and creative development, oversees the award-winning CNN Originals portfolio that includes the following premium content brands: CNN Original Series, CNN Films, CNN Presents, and the newly formed CNN Studios, an internal production studio which creates long-form programming for CNN’s global platforms. Since 2012, the team has overseen and executive produced more than 45 multi-part documentary series and 60 feature-length documentary films, earning more than 110 awards and 445 nominations for the cable network, including CNN Films’ first Academy Award® for Navalny. Acclaimed titles include the Peabody Award winning and 13-time Emmy® Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown; five time Emmy® nominee, Apollo 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller; Emmy® nominated Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico; the Emmy® Award-nominated “Decades Series”: The SixtiesThe SeventiesThe EightiesThe NinetiesThe 2000s, and The 2010s, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman; The Last Movie Stars, directed by Ethan Hawke about the lives and careers of actors and humanitarians Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; Grammy® Award nominee Little Richard: I Am Everything, directed by Lisa Cortés; The Many Lives of Martha Stewart; This is Life with Lisa Ling; Primetime Emmy® and duPont-Columbia Award-winning, RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; See It Loud: The History of Black Television, executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter; Space Shuttle Columbia: The Final Flight in partnership with the BBC; the Producers Guild Award and three-time Emmy® Award-winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy; BAFTA nominee and Directors Guild Award winner, Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle; and the five-time Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau BellThe Whole Story with Anderson Cooper; and Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?. CNN Originals can be seen on CNN, the CNN Original Hub on Max and discovery+, and for pay TV subscription via, CNN apps and cable operator platforms.

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