Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The two-part British miniseries Wynne and Penkovsky was based on the true story of a Soviet G.R.U. colonel who worked as an undercover agent for the U.S. and Britain from 1960 to 1962. Until his arrest, Oleg V. Penkovksy (here played by Christopher Rozycki) was at the center of several volatile political incidents, and had been credited with providing the intelligence necessary for the Allies' successful maneuverings during the Berlin and Cuban Missile crises. Of the many books written about Penkovsky's activities, the best-known was The Man From Moscow by former British intelligence operative Greville Wynne (played by David Calder), who served as the Russian mole's contact man and go-between. It was Wynne's volume that served as the principal source for Wynne and Penkovsky, which first aired in the U.K. on January 2, 1985. A 100-minute "feature film" version has been released to video as The Man From Moscow.