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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 David Callan (43 episodes, 1967-1972)
Russell Hunter ...
 Lonely (41 episodes, 1967-1972)
Lisa Langdon ...
 Liz March (31 episodes, 1967-1972)
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 Toby Meres (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
William Squire ...
 Hunter #4 (19 episodes, 1970-1972)
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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 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 <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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James Mitchell created the gritty series as a reaction against the increasingly fanciful espionage images seen in The Avengers (1961) (for which he had written in its' earlier, more realistic days), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and the Bond films. See more »

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Referenced in Are You Being Served?: Big Brother (1974) See more »

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Girl in the Dark
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Mitchell re-imagined his own character ... and it worked!
7 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The other reviews will tell you that this is one of the best TV series ever, much under-appreciated, and worth your time. They are mainly right, with a few exceptions. First the genesis of the series is odd. Callan was originally a successful novel (younger readers, this would be in the days of paper and ink, not portable devices) and a solid action-thriller. The original Callan, as written, did indeed have a conscience but always preferred a quick and reliable solution (guns and bullets) to soul-searching. When the author, Mitchell, was approached to turn the story into a TV series, he did something very unusual. Where other authors will usually blame someone else for interfering with their work, Mitchell re-imagined Callan entirely on his own initiative, turning a man of action into man of conflict. With hindsight it was a brilliant decision. While we may never know what the British public would have thought of Callan as originally conceived (remember that TV violence was very stylized at the time, look at the Avengers, or Batman in the US) they simply fell in love with the re-imagined Callan as a soul-searching and reluctant spy. The show was #1 for several years and ultimately a much pudgier Woodward shuffled off to America to attempt to re-create the Callan persona for US tastes. With mixed success.


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