Callan (1967–1972)

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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 David Callan (43 episodes, 1967-1972)
Russell Hunter ...
 Lonely (41 episodes, 1967-1972)
Lisa Langdon ...
 Liz March (31 episodes, 1967-1972)
 Toby Meres (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
William Squire ...
 Hunter #4 (19 episodes, 1970-1972)


David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This bleak, "Spy who Came in from the Cold"-style espionage drama concentrates on the seamy underside of covert operations: assassinations, blackmail and dirty dealing. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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8 July 1967 (UK)  »

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(44 episodes)

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(1967-1969)| (1970-1972)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Section used a series of colour-coded files. A Red File was for especially dangerous targets of most urgent priority, marked for death. A Yellow File indicated a subject under occasional surveillance. Blue Files were for members of the 'wrong' party. White Files were for people who were to be put out of action by sending them into divorce courts, bankruptcy, prison or mental homes. See more »


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One of the all-time great TV series
4 August 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I think I managed to see the entire series bar a couple of episodes and the story lines were always excellent. Great casting throughout. Alas, I realize how old I have become now when I see how Anthony Valentine has aged - have just watched a 2005 episode of the BBCs "New Tricks" this evening, in which he featured. Sadly don't seem to have seen Edward Woodward in many productions during the years since "Callan".

I only ever saw the "Callan" episodes in black and white - colour TV didn't reach New Zealand until several years after it was available in the USA and Europe, and we couldn't afford a colour set until 1982 - but I wonder whether viewing it in black and white added more gritty realism to the plots, and perhaps if I watched it now remastered in colour, would I find it slightly disappointing? I haven't noticed it around on DVD but if I do, don't think I'll be tempted to buy, as I prefer to remember it still with great enjoyment.

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