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-> ''Will they raze us to the ground with a nuclear strike? Or will they infiltrate and destabilize us from the inside?''
-->-- '''Sarah Montag'''

The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (Series/{{Being Human|UK}}, Series/DoctorWho).

The Game follows a young MI-5 agent named Joe Lamb and a small team of operatives setup by [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] 'Daddy' to figure out and counter Soviet Operation Glass, protect their only source 'Arkady' and neutralize the mysterious and deadly soviet operative 'Odin'. The group includes:
* Joe Lamb as the 'interrogator' and field agent, Joe's allegiances are held close to his chest, a year prior to the start of the series he had fallen in love with a Soviet operative Yuli and may have attempted to defect, he wants revenge for Yuli's death by Odin during the botched defection.
* Daddy himself, embattled head of MI-5, and a mentor to Joe. Daddy is hinted to be at the twilight of his career.
* Bobby Waterhouse, Daddy's opportunistic deputy, momma's boy and a closet homosexual.
* Sara Montag serves as the lead field agent of the team.
* Alan Montag is the team's audio surveillance specialist.
* Jim Fenchurch is a Special Branch detective seconded to the team.
* Wendy Straw, Daddy's secretary, she ends up working closely with Bobby. Wendy ends up moving in with Bobby as part of his attempt to ofuscate his TransparentCloset homosexuality. Bobby also uses her against Daddy, though she is unaware she's being used in that way.

At the same time the team as trying to figure out 'Operation Glass', they have to watch their own backs and question each other's loyalties. Is Joe blinded by the need for vengeance? How far would Bobby Waterhouse go in his [[TheStarscream political schemes]] to overthrow Daddy? Is Daddy still competent to handle the current threat? Can their sole source, the mysterious and withholding 'Arkady', be trusted? Is 'Operation Glass' itself a huge distraction or even the result of cold war paranoia on both sides of 'The Game'. Is there a double-agent among them and can anyone be trusted?
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!!Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Bobby's mother could arguably fall into this.
** [[spoiler: Seems to be the case with Joe's father.]]
* AgentsDating: In this case, married, with one being a field agent and another a technical expert agent.
* TheBookCipher: Used in the middle of the series.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]
* BlatantLies: Joe and Bobby lie to nearly everyone about their personal affairs. [[spoiler: [[TheMole Sarah]] had been lying all along.]]
* BritishBrevity: Series 1 is 6 episodes.
* DuelOfSeduction: Joe has one of these, and seems to be known for them among his colleagues.
* {{Flashback}}: Joe has quite a few of his girlfriend's death.
* HeelFaceMole: Is Arkady? [[spoiler:No, he isn't]].
* JurisdictionFriction: MI-5 and MI-6 as well as MI-5 and Special Branch.
* KilledOffForReal: Quite a few for a miniseries; [[spoiler: Kitty, David, Arkady, his friend Bogdan, Odin, etc.]]
* [[spoiler: LoveInterestTraitor: Sarah to Alan and possibly Yulia to Joe.]]
* LoveMartyr: Alan.
* MarriedToTheJob: That's what Bobby wants everyone to believe. Joe is MarriedToTheJob after Yulia's death, and apparently before falling in love with her as well.
* MissionControl: Bobby is often instructed to be this. Alan also has shades given his specialty.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Sarah Montag]].
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler: The Home Secretary! and he's next in-line for Prime Minister!]]
* MysteriousInformant: Arkady
* NiceGuy: Alan and Jim come across as genuinely nice guys.
* OddFriendship: Bobby and Wendy's relationship seems to have developed into this by the finale.
* OpenSecret: Bobby's homosexuality.
* RedHerringMole: [[spoiler: Joe at the start of the series, and then Alan later on, setup by his own wife!]]
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: MI-5 follows/detains [[spoiler:an MI-6 agent]].
* RogueAgent: Joe has shades of this, as part of wanting personal revenge on Odin.
* SpyFiction
* TheSpymaster: 'Daddy' on the British side, with Bobby as his deputy that also tends to be MissionControl. 'Odin' on the Soviet side, at-least for Operation Glass.
* TheStoic: Joe
* StoicWoobie: Joe and Bobby are both quite miserable throughout the series but they won't let it show. It doesn't help that [[FriendlessBackground no one actually seems to worry or care about them.]]
* SpyVersusSpy: The basis of the series.
* StraightGay: Bobby
* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's quite a dark series.
* TheStarscream: Bobby Waterhouse to Daddy.
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Joe and others.
* UndyingLoyalty: Daddy is confident (and rightly so) that Joe is the only one who would never betray him.
** [[spoiler: Alan towards his wife Sarah, as seen in the series 1 finale.]]
* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: Sarah and Alan's marriage]].
* WronglyAccused: Many characters are wrongly accused during the series.
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-> ''Will they raze us to the ground with a nuclear strike? Or will they infiltrate and destabilize us from the inside?''
-->-- '''Sarah Montag'''

The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (Series/{{Being Human|UK}}, Series/DoctorWho).

The Game follows a young MI-5 agent named Joe Lamb and a small team of operatives setup by [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] 'Daddy' to figure out and counter Soviet Operation Glass, protect their only source 'Arkady' and neutralize the mysterious and deadly soviet operative 'Odin'. The group includes:
* Joe Lamb as the 'interrogator' and field agent, Joe's allegiances are held close to his chest, a year prior to the start of the series he had fallen in love with a Soviet operative Yuli and may have attempted to defect, he wants revenge for Yuli's death by Odin during the botched defection.
* Daddy himself, embattled head of MI-5, and a mentor to Joe. Daddy is hinted to be at the twilight of his career.
* Bobby Waterhouse, Daddy's opportunistic deputy, momma's boy and a closet homosexual.
* Sara Montag serves as the lead field agent of the team.
* Alan Montag is the team's audio surveillance specialist.
* Jim Fenchurch is a Special Branch detective seconded to the team.
* Wendy Straw, Daddy's secretary, she ends up working closely with Bobby. Wendy ends up moving in with Bobby as part of his attempt to ofuscate his TransparentCloset homosexuality. Bobby also uses her against Daddy, though she is unaware she's being used in that way.

At the same time the team as trying to figure out 'Operation Glass', they have to watch their own backs and question each other's loyalties. Is Joe blinded by the need for vengeance? How far would Bobby Waterhouse go in his [[TheStarscream political schemes]] to overthrow Daddy? Is Daddy still competent to handle the current threat? Can their sole source, the mysterious and withholding 'Arkady', be trusted? Is 'Operation Glass' itself a huge distraction or even the result of cold war paranoia on both sides of 'The Game'. Is there a double-agent among them and can anyone be trusted?
----
!!Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Bobby's mother could arguably fall into this.
** [[spoiler: Seems to be the case with Joe's father.]]
* AgentsDating: In this case, married, with one being a field agent and another a technical expert agent.
* TheBookCipher: Used in the middle of the series.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]
* BlatantLies: Joe and Bobby lie to nearly everyone about their personal affairs. [[spoiler: [[TheMole Sarah]] had been lying all along.]]
* BritishBrevity: Series 1 is 6 episodes.
* DuelOfSeduction: Joe has one of these, and seems to be known for them among his colleagues.
* {{Flashback}}: Joe has quite a few of his girlfriend's death.
* HeelFaceMole: Is Arkady? [[spoiler:No, he isn't]].
* JurisdictionFriction: MI-5 and MI-6 as well as MI-5 and Special Branch.
* KilledOffForReal: Quite a few for a miniseries; [[spoiler: Kitty, David, Arkady, his friend Bogdan, Odin, etc.]]
* [[spoiler: LoveInterestTraitor: Sarah to Alan and possibly Yulia to Joe.]]
* LoveMartyr: Alan.
* MarriedToTheJob: That's what Bobby wants everyone to believe. Joe is MarriedToTheJob after Yulia's death, and apparently before falling in love with her as well.
* MissionControl: Bobby is often instructed to be this. Alan also has shades given his specialty.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Sarah Montag]].
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler: The Home Secretary! and he's next in-line for Prime Minister!]]
* MysteriousInformant: Arkady
* NiceGuy: Alan and Jim come across as genuinely nice guys.
* OddFriendship: Bobby and Wendy's relationship seems to have developed into this by the finale.
* OpenSecret: Bobby's homosexuality.
* RedHerringMole: [[spoiler: Joe at the start of the series, and then Alan later on, setup by his own wife!]]
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: MI-5 follows/detains [[spoiler:an MI-6 agent]].
* RogueAgent: Joe has shades of this, as part of wanting personal revenge on Odin.
* SpyFiction
* TheSpymaster: 'Daddy' on the British side, with Bobby as his deputy that also tends to be MissionControl. 'Odin' on the Soviet side, at-least for Operation Glass.
* TheStoic: Joe
* StoicWoobie: Joe and Bobby are both quite miserable throughout the series but they won't let it show. It doesn't help that [[FriendlessBackground no one actually seems to worry or care about them.]]
* SpyVersusSpy: The basis of the series.
* StraightGay: Bobby
* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's quite a dark series.
* TheStarscream: Bobby Waterhouse to Daddy.
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Joe and others.
* UndyingLoyalty: Daddy is confident (and rightly so) that Joe is the only one who would never betray him.
** [[spoiler: Alan towards his wife Sarah, as seen in the series 1 finale.]]
* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: Sarah and Alan's marriage]].
* WronglyAccused: Many characters are wrongly accused during the series.
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The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (BeingHuman, Series/DoctorWho).

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The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (BeingHuman, (Series/{{Being Human|UK}}, Series/DoctorWho).


The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (BeingHuman, DoctorWho).

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The Game is a British Cold War [[SpyFiction spy drama]] that takes place in London in the 70s. The Game was created and written by Toby Whithouse (BeingHuman, DoctorWho).
Series/DoctorWho).


* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's a dark series after all.

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* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's quite a dark series after all. series.


* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's a dark series after all.

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* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's quite a dark series after all. series.

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* OddFriendship: Bobby and Wendy's relationship seems to have developed into this by the finale.
* OpenSecret: Bobby's homosexuality.


Added DiffLines:

* TearJerker: The show has its moments as it's a dark series after all.


* MarriedTotheJob: That's what Bobby wants everyone to believe. Joe is MarriedTotheJob after Yulia's death, and apparently before falling in love with her.

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* MarriedTotheJob: MarriedToTheJob: That's what Bobby wants everyone to believe. Joe is MarriedTotheJob MarriedToTheJob after Yulia's death, and apparently before falling in love with her.her as well.

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* [[spoiler: LoveInterestTraitor: Sarah to Alan and possibly Yulia to Joe.]]
* LoveMartyr: Alan.


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* WronglyAccused: Many characters are wrongly accused during the series.


* AbusiveParents: Bobby's mother could arguably fall into this.
** [[spoiler: Seems to be the case with Joe's father.]]



* BlatantLies: Joe and Bobby lie to nearly everyone about their personal affairs. [[spoiler: [[TheMole Sarah]] had been lying all along.]]



* DuelOfSeduction: Joe has one of these, and seems to be known for them among his colleagues.

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* DuelOfSeduction: Joe has one of these, and seems to be known for them among his colleagues. colleagues.
* {{Flashback}}: Joe has quite a few of his girlfriend's death.


Added DiffLines:

* KilledOffForReal: Quite a few for a miniseries; [[spoiler: Kitty, David, Arkady, his friend Bogdan, Odin, etc.]]
* MarriedTotheJob: That's what Bobby wants everyone to believe. Joe is MarriedTotheJob after Yulia's death, and apparently before falling in love with her.


Added DiffLines:

* NiceGuy: Alan and Jim come across as genuinely nice guys.


Added DiffLines:

* StoicWoobie: Joe and Bobby are both quite miserable throughout the series but they won't let it show. It doesn't help that [[FriendlessBackground no one actually seems to worry or care about them.]]


* [[s poiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]

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* [[s poiler:BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]


* [[Spoiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]

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* [[Spoiler:BackFromTheDead: [[s poiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]



** [[Spoiler:Alan towards his wife Sarah, as seen in the series 1 finale.]]

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** [[Spoiler:Alan [[spoiler: Alan towards his wife Sarah, as seen in the series 1 finale.]]

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* [[Spoiler:BackFromTheDead: Yulia.]]


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* TheStoic: Joe


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* StraightGay: Bobby


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* UndyingLoyalty: Daddy is confident (and rightly so) that Joe is the only one who would never betray him.
** [[Spoiler:Alan towards his wife Sarah, as seen in the series 1 finale.]]


The Game follows a young MI-5 agent named Joe Lamb and a small team of operatives setup by [[TheSymaster spymaster]] 'Daddy' to figure out and counter Soviet Operation Glass, protect their only source 'Arkady' and neutralize the mysterious and deadly soviet operative 'Odin'. The group includes:

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The Game follows a young MI-5 agent named Joe Lamb and a small team of operatives setup by [[TheSymaster [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] 'Daddy' to figure out and counter Soviet Operation Glass, protect their only source 'Arkady' and neutralize the mysterious and deadly soviet operative 'Odin'. The group includes:


Added DiffLines:

* BritishBrevity: Series 1 is 6 episodes.



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* Sara Montag serves as the lead field agent of the team.
* Alan Montag is the team's audio surveillance specialist.
* Jim Fenchurch is a Special Branch detective seconded to the team.
* Wendy Straw, Daddy's secretary, she ends up working closely with Bobby. Wendy ends up moving in with Bobby as part of his attempt to ofuscate his TransparentCloset homosexuality. Bobby also uses her against Daddy, though she is unaware she's being used in that way.

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