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The Secret Adversary (1983)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  9 October 1983 (UK)
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After two old friends accidentally meet and resolve to become investigators for hire, they quickly become embroiled in a missing treaty and a Bolshevik conspiracy.



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Childhood friends Tommy and Tuppence (Prudence) meet in London after having served in World War I. Recently "demobed", short of money, and with no job prospects, they decide to become adventurers for hire. Soon, they are employed by the British Government to locate a secret treaty signed before the war. Bolsheviks, kidnappings, missing persons, and a marriage proposal for Tuppence, keep things moving for The Young Adventurers, Ltd. Written by Mike Smith <>

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9 October 1983 (UK)  »

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Agatha Christie - Matrimonio de sabuesos: El misterioso señor Brown  »

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In the final dinner scene, a fly lands on Julius Hersheimmer's hand. See more »


[first lines]
Tommy Beresford: Tuppence?
Tuppence Cowley: Tommy! You! Of all people, you.
[They embrace. Tuppence shows Tommy the bread crumbs in her hand]
Tuppence Cowley: Ducks.
Tommy Beresford: Of course.
Tuppence Cowley: Oh, dear old bean.
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Followed by Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1983) See more »

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Anyone for tennis ?
21 March 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Francesca Annis and James "anyone for tennis ?" Warwick are Tommy and Tuppence in this movie length introduction to the trying television series based on an early series of novels by Agatha Christie.

This particular novel, one of her terrible "Herzoslovakia" ones has been adapted in attempt to save something from it. A treaty with USA is lost in the sinking of the Lusitania and needs to retrieved to save the international situation and prevent a revolution. Christie was probably referencing this to the pre-WW1 political situation in central Europe, where the changing of secret alliances between the imperial powers led to the outbreak of war in Yugoslavia - the book was written before WW2 (published 1922).

Tommy overhears a conversation in a manky house in Soho and they become embroiled in the affair. Product placement – The Daily Mirror (which owned the LWT licence at the time).

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