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Seasons:
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Release Date:
8 July 1967 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he... See more »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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(38 articles)
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Callan – box set review
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 5 September 2013, 4:07 PM, PDT)

Daphne Slater obituary
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Mitchell re-imagined his own character ... and it worked! See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Edward Woodward ... David Callan (43 episodes, 1967-1972)
Russell Hunter ... Lonely (41 episodes, 1967-1972)
Lisa Langdon ... Liz March (31 episodes, 1967-1972)

Anthony Valentine ... Toby Meres (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
William Squire ... Hunter #4 (19 episodes, 1970-1972)
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Series Directed by
Peter Duguid (11 episodes, 1967-1972)
Jim Goddard (6 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mike Vardy (6 episodes, 1969-1972)
Bill Bain (4 episodes, 1967-1972)
Reginald Collin (4 episodes, 1969-1972)
Piers Haggard (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Robert Tronson (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Voytek (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
 
Series Writing credits
James Mitchell (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
Ray Jenkins (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Bill Craig (5 episodes, 1970-1972)
Robert Banks Stewart (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Trevor Preston (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
John Kershaw (2 episodes, 1969-1972)
William Emms (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Michael Winder (2 episodes, 1969-1970)

Series Produced by
Reginald Collin .... producer (35 episodes, 1969-1972)
John Kershaw .... associate producer (14 episodes, 1969)
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1967-1969)
Terence Feely .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1967-1969)
 
Series Original Music by
Jack Trombey (unknown episodes, 1970-1972)
 
Series Cinematography by
Michael Elphick (1 episode, 1969)
 
Series Production Design by
David Marshall (9 episodes, 1967-1972)
Peter Le Page (6 episodes, 1967-1972)
Neville Green (6 episodes, 1969-1972)
Stan Woodward (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mike Hall (4 episodes, 1969-1972)
Darrell Lass (2 episodes, 1967)
Terry Gough (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Art Department
Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Tony Dawe .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Alan Chuntz .... fight arranger (1 episode, 1972)
 
Series Other crew
George Markstein .... story editor (22 episodes, 1970-1972)
Christopher Toyne .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1972)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
60 min (44 episodes)
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Color:
Black and White (1967-1969) | Color (1970-1972)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
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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Mitchell re-imagined his own character ... and it worked!, 7 September 2013
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America

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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