Guy Burgess, one of the so called ‘Cambridge Five’, the ring of spies who were recruited at Cambridge in the 1930s by the Russians to spy on Great Britain (and the USA). In 1951, Burgess defected to Moscow together with Donald Maclean. In 1963, 'the third man', Kim Philby, escaped from Beirut to Moscow.
Back at the hotel, someone slipped a note under Browne’s door. The message said that Burgess would like to have Browne over for lunch, and could she please bring a measuring tape. And so the story rolls on…
Guy Burgess is played by Alan Bates and Coral Browne plays herself!
The ‘rowing sequence’ is only 10 seconds long, at 50:10 – 50:20.
You will find a synopsis here (warning spoiler alert!)