Turn: Washington’s Spies (originally titled Turn and stylised as TURИ: Washington’s Spies) is an American period drama television series based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2007), a history of the Culper Ring.
A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
The first series originally aired on the AMC network from 06 April 2014 to 08 June 2014.
At Woodhull Farm, Mary finds familiar names in Abe’s codebook. Abe arrives and confides Simcoe shot Richard. A boy tells Simcoe about hundreds of soldiers descending on Setauket. Simcoe sets out to hang the rebel prisoners before Ben and the others arrive. Ben’s men charge, but he orders a retreat when he sees his father with a gun to his head. Selah arrives and kisses a stunned Anna. Ben tells Caleb to collect the British’s gunpowder from the schoolhouse. Hewlett sees the gunpowder being gathered and orders his men to fire. The schoolhouse explodes. Ben orders Selah to attack Hewlett’s flank with some men. Hewlett refuses to level Setauket. Selah’s men fire and force Hewlett’s retreat into the church. Abe and the others convene. He explains their commuted death sentences, and Ben replies Samuel died on the Jersey and refuses to let his father die the same way. Abe approaches the church waving a white flag. Inside, he offers to trade the captured Redcoats for the rebel prisoners. Simcoe drags Lucas Brewster outside and shoots him dead.
Hewlett orders his men to arrest Simcoe, who resists and is gagged by Hewlett. Richard suggests letting the prisoners go so Tallmadge can convince Ben to leave. Hewlett releases them and the rebels fall back. Abe tells Ben that he wants to keep spying – as Culper, not Culpeper. Selah helps Anna into a boat and they launch. Redcoats arrive to watch from the shoreline. Abe also arrives, and Anna apologizes to Selah and jumps overboard to swim to shore. In New York, Andre relieves Rogers as head of the Queen’s Rangers. Rogers threatens repercussions and exits. At home, Abe finds Mary burning his codebook. She calls him, among other things, a spy for Washington. Ensign Baker overhears and says he must turn Abe in. Abe shoots and kills him when his offer to leave for good is refused. Mary immediately invents a cover story of Baker being shot while trying to stop fleeing rebels, who then burned down the house. She lights a candle and later joins Abe and Thomas outside. They watch their house burn with Baker’s body inside.
Turn: Washington’s Spies Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Oliver Hirschbiegel.
- Writer(s): Craig Silverstein.
- Release Date: 08 June 2014.
- Running Time: 41 to 47 minutes (Pilot 63 minutes and some episodes 54 minutes).
- Rating: TV-14.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.