WWII Spy Thriller “X Company” Television Premiere on CBC

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 19, 2015 11:45


X Company, CBC’s new eight-episode WWII spy thriller, made its television premiere last evening at 9 p.m. ET on CBC. X Company is an emotionally driven adventure drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of a team of highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inspired by remarkable true stories, X Company is about the origin of spycraft.

Denis McGrath and Alex Levine, both alumni of CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, wrote for the series, and Denis is also a co-executive producer.

A reformed lawyer, Alex Levine has been writing for television for over a decade. Among other credits, Alex has written for Stargate Atlantis, The Border, King and Flashpoint. Alex attended CFC in 2008, where he worked under Graeme Manson developing Orphan Black from concept to series. Alex served as writer and Supervising Producer on Orphan Black’s third season.

A screenwriter, playwright and producer originally from New York City, Denis McGrath’s writing has taken him from Vancouver to St. John’s and from L.A. to Cape Town. He’s written drama, comedy, docs, animation and videogames. His recent TV credits include X Company, Continuum, Bitten, the miniseries Vol des Cigognes (Flight Of The Storks), Stargate: Universe, Less Than Kind and XIII: The Series. Denis has been nominated for Gemini and WGC Awards, and won a WGC Screenwriting Award for his miniseries Across The River to Motor City. He’s served as the Executive Producer in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre, contributed to CBC Radio, blogged and podcasted extensively on the subject of Canadian TV, taught at Ryerson University and hosted film and industry panels in Vancouver, Toronto, and The World Conference of Screenwriters in Warsaw, Poland. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Writers Guild of Canada, serves on the negotiating committee for the WGC, and is the Chair of the Editorial Board of Canadian Screenwriter Magazine.

X Company is a Canadian-Hungarian co-production, produced by Temple Street Productions and co-produced by Pioneer Stillking Films and commissioned by CBC.

In case you missed last night’s premiere, you can catch up on episode one on cbc.ca. Be sure to tune in Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC to watch the remaining episodes in the eight-episode series.

Click here for more information on X Company.


Read about X Company in the news:

Canada.com: X Company tells true tales of Canadian espionage in World War II (with video)

The Globe and Mail: John Doyle: X Company is excellent, if conventional, entertainment

The Huffington Post: 'X Company' Review: CBC Delivers Another Much-Needed History Lesson To Canadians

The Toronto Star: CBC’s X Company blends Second World War fact with a modern feel

Times Colonist (The Canadian Press): TV series centres on Canadian spy school

Winnipeg Free Press: I spy with my little eye a tame wartime drama

Toronto Sun: CBC spy series X Company awakens Jack Laskey's senses


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