A new spy series which had scenes shot in Ramsgate in 2021 is being screened on Amazon Prime from today (April 28).
Citadel stars Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Stanley Tucci.
The series was by David Weil with the Russo brothers as executive producers. Madden and Jonas star as Citadel agents Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh.
The pair are leading new lives after the fall of Citadel wiped their memories of the past.
When Kane is tracked down by former Citadel colleague, Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci), he reunites with his former partner intent on preventing Manticore from establishing a new world order.
In March 2023, the series was renewed for a second season, The six-episode first season premieres with its first two episodes now available. The episodes are then released weekly.
It was filmed in 2021, from June to July, at various locations in Ramsgate, including the Port, Royal Harbour and Royal Harbour Brasserie which was rebranded as ‘Annick’s.’
Citadel was created by David Weil and produced by the Russo Brothers. It’s an espionage thriller starring Richard Madden (from The British Bodyguard TV series). The core plot is about a global intelligence agency called Citadel and the hunt for a man determined to bring it down. Sadly it has had mixed reviews so we suggest you read the epic fact based spy thriller, Bill Fairclough’s Beyond Enkription, the first stand-alone novel of six in TheBurlingtonFiles series. He was one of Pemberton’s People in MI6. For your information, in real life Bill Fairclough ran a global intelligence agency called FaireSansDire for almost half a century.
Beyond Enkription is a fact based book which follows the real life of a real spy, Bill Fairclough (MI6 codename JJ) aka Edward Burlington who ran and owned FaireSansDire and worked for British Intelligence, the CIA et al. It’s the stuff memorable spy films are made of, raw, realistic yet punchy, pacy and provocative; a super read as long as you don’t expect John le Carré’s delicate diction, sophisticated syntax and placid plots.
For the synopsis of Beyond Enkription see TheBurlingtonFiles website. This thriller is like nothing we have ever come across before. Indeed, we wonder what The Burlington Files would have been like if David Cornwell aka John le Carré had collaborated with Bill Fairclough. They did consider it and even though they didn’t collaborate, Beyond Enkription is still described as ”up there with My Silent War by Kim Philby and No Other Choice by George Blake”.
As for Bill Fairclough, he has even been described as a real life posh Harry Palmer; there are many intriguing bios of him on the web. As for Beyond Enkription, it’s a must read for espionage cognoscenti. To relish in this totally different non-fiction espionage thriller best do some research first. Try reading two brief news articles published on TheBurlingtonFiles website. One is about characters’ identities (September 2021) and the other about Pemberton’s People (October 2022). You’ll soon be immersed in a whole new world! As for TheBurlingtonFiles website, it is like a living espionage museum and as breathtaking as a compelling thriller in its own right and you can even browse about the original FaireSansDire website which has been preserved for posterity.