Operation Mincemeat, based on the famed WW2 espionage operation and Ben Macintyre book, is pretty good. Those who are familiar with the book won’t necessarily learn anything new, and predictably will roll their eyes at the ways the writers have juiced up the history in spots for drama. But, even so, this is a solid, old-fashioned espionage drama, with some of the juicing working both dramatically and as commentary on the nature of the spy business.
The main pleasure, though, is seeing a whole bunch of talented and familiar actors all in the same place. Look, there’s Galahad from Kingsmen (Colin Firth,) Margaret from Boardwalk Empire (Kelly Macdonald,) Isobel from Downton Abbey (Penelope Wilton) and Tom from Succession (Matthew Macfayden) all teaming up to invent stories about a corpse. There’s Mycroft from Sherlock popping in ever so briefly for a couple of scenes. And there’s a mini The Death of Stalin reunion, except this time Marshal Zhukhov is playing a British general and Beria is playing Churchill.