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)
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 Lonely (41 episodes, 1967-1972)
Lisa Langdon ...
 Liz March - Hunter's Secretary / ... (31 episodes, 1967-1972)
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 Toby Meres (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
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 Hunter (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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Peter Bowles played Toby Meres in Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider (1967) - which was effectively the series pilot - but was unavailable to record the full first run. Jeremy Lloyd was an early choice to replace him, before Anthony Valentine was cast. See more »

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Spoofed in The Real Detectives (2016) See more »

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A great character led drama series
2 July 2015 | by (York, UK) – See all my reviews

I as addicted to this series when it was first shown. Seeing it again in recent years confirmed to me just how good it was. Far better than most modern fare.

Callan was a reluctant killer who somehow always ended up doing what he knew was right but also what was morally grubby. The other characters were all superb and strongly drawn in their own right. Hunter, the leader of the section, Lonely the criminal low life friend, Toby the upper class psychotic who ends up his friend. The only drawback is the lack of strong women characters, apart from a few occasional guests.

This was a spy drama that made you think, that made you question your own side.

Modern writers could well learn from this series.


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