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George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama Turn

Published on Apr 5, 2014 6:51 AM
 
British actor Jamie Bell stars in a new AMC drama Turn, which tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The world of espionage has been brought to life by characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer on film and television, but a new AMC drama is going back to spy origins with America's own founding father, George Washington.

Turn, which premieres on Sunday, tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778 in New York's Long Island, under the orders of General Washington.

The series is based on Alexander Rose's 2007 book Washington's Spies: The Story Of America's First Spy Ring. The Culper Ring was formed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who chose an unsuspecting group of his friends, civilians who opposed the British occupation of New York - farmer Abe Woodhull, pub landlady Anna Strong and fisherman Caleb Brewster.

Abe, played by British actor Jamie Bell, is the symbol of the "everyman," reluctantly drawn into the Culper Ring because he is forced to stand by his beliefs and try and change the country for the sake of his baby son's future.

 
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