Thanks for your clarification. I am happy to be able to promptly
provide you with the information.
Here , from a Web site devoted to "Reilly: Ace of Spies" is a concise
description of the music:
"What is the theme music?
Composed and arranged by Harry Rabinowitz and based on a theme by
Shostakovich (Romance from the Gadfly Suite), "Reilly" by the Olympic
Orchestra reached a high of 26 in the UK Singles Chart in October
1983. The single remained on the chart for 15 weeks - no mean feat at
a time when synthesised pop was very much the trend. The theme
(although not always the original version heard in the series) can be
found on numerous screen and TV compilation cassettes/CD's."
A Reilly: Ace of Spies Trubute Site
The Rabinowitz adaptation of the Shostakovich music is included on a
CD compilation of music from PBS programs that is apparently out of
print but is available from two sellers of used CDs at the Amazon.com
Here again is the link to the track list of that CD:
Amazon.com: Public Television's Greatest Hits
And here is the Amazon.com page from which you can order a used copy of the CD:
Amazon.com Seller Information: Reilly: Ace of Spies
As noted above, the classical piece from which this theme was adapted
is the "Romance" from the Gadfly Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich. This
piece, either alone or as part of the larger suite, is available on
many in-print recordings. Here is an Amazon.com page that includes a
link to a one-minute audio sample of one version. Just click on the
"Listen" link to track three, called "Romance":
Amazon.com: Virtuoso Violin
You have a wide choice of options to purchase a CD of this piece,
since it is one of the "adagios" that is routinely included in
compilations of slow, restful classical music. Here is the Amazon.com
list of recordings that contain either the "Romance" from
Shostakovich's Gadfly Suite or the entire suite:
Amazon.com: Gadfly Suite
I'm sure you can find a suitable recording at the right price from that list.
Here is a link to a site with more information about the PBS broadcast
and the theme music:
Classic Themes: Reilly Ace of Spies
And here is a link to complete information about the PBS miniseries:
Internet Movie Data Base: Reilly Ace of Spies
I started at the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB), knowing that
information available there includes made-for-television productions.
I searched for "Sam Neill." In the resulting list of movies and
television productions in which he has acted, I found the reference to
Reilly: Ace of Spies, which looked promising.
I then went to the IMDB page devoted to that production and found that
Harry Rabinowitz was the creator of the original music for the
I then did a Google search using the following terms:
reilly "ace of spies" rabinowitz
This led me to the information that the "theme" music of the program
was based on Shostakovich's Romance. Since I could not be sure that
this piece was the one you remembered hearing in the scene you
described, I asked for your clarification.
Based on your clarification, I am confident that this is the
information you are seeking. If anything is unclear, or if any of the
links don't work, please ask for clarification before rating the