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Judging by this exclusive clip, BBC America’s new spy thriller “The Game” has more at stake than just a rousing game of chess.

Instead, the video for the period drama shares an intense scene that starts with guns drawn and teases ultimatums and dark backstories for star Tom Hughes’ Joe Lambe.

Variety critic Brian Lowry said in his review of the miniseries that, although it uses a familiar rulebook, “The Game” “is far from transparent, dribbling out clues and dollops of backstory, with Hughes as the haunted young agent at the forefront, and Brian Cox as his secretive boss.”

“The Game” premieres at 10 p.m. November 5 on BBC America.