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Homeland's Damian Lewis looks at real life spies in HISTORY'S new docu-drama

The actor was initially reluctant when his brother, Gareth ­­– one of the executive producers of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars – asked him to present. “I hadn’t done factual [before] and I don’t consider myself a presenter.

“But I enjoy the [spy] genre and I thought it was an opportunity to look behind these popular stories and see if we could unearth something a bit more intimate about the people themselves, and the ramifications on global politics of very personal decisions taken by individuals.”

TV production outside the M25 is alive and well

C+I’s most popular original show, Murdertown featuring Hull (Credit: A&E Networks)

In recent years, Channel 4’s new national HQ in Leeds and the BBC’s relocation of 2,300 posts to Salford have dominated our perception of out-of-London programme production.

This is perhaps not surprising: the corporation has the largest Ofcom quota for UK production outside the M25 – 50% – followed by Channel 4 and ITV, who both have 35%, and Channel 5, with 10%.

Robbie Coltrane's Critical Evidence makes a return to A+E Networks

The RTS award-winning actor will front the new Crime + Investigation series Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence. 

The eight-part series will look at some of the toughest murder cases that investigators face, with no suspect, no leads, and sometimes no body.

Each episode will analyse a different complex case investigated by the British police and how they resolved the difficult investigation.