Adderly (1986–1988)

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V.H. Adderly, a former James Bond style operative for I.S.I., is given a desk job in the Department of Miscellaneous Affairs after losing function in his left hand- the result of torture by... See full summary »


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Complete series cast summary:
Winston Rekert ...
 V.H. Adderly (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dixie Seatle ...
 Mona Ellerby (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jonathan Welsh ...
 Melville Greenspan (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ken Pogue ...
 Major Jonathan B. Clack (21 episodes, 1986-1987)


V.H. Adderly, a former James Bond style operative for I.S.I., is given a desk job in the Department of Miscellaneous Affairs after losing function in his left hand- the result of torture by enemy agents. He hates the mundane assignments he is given, thumbs his nose at protocol, and somehow manages to dig up a threat to national security or a spy at every turn. Melville Greenspan, his boss, is an insecure life long pencil pushing bureaucrat, who seems concerned only with not making waves and making sure that the proper forms are filled out. He is afraid that Adderly's snooping will result in his being fired. Mona is the efficient department clerk/secretary, almost bored with her work and longing for excitement (and a date with V.H.). She often covered for Adderly, and would occasionally help him on assignments, sometimes with Greenspan's permission. Written by Steve Yudewitz <>

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Adventure | Comedy





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24 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Adderly, assumptes diversos  »

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A gem of a show
3 September 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderful show that demonstrates it's possible to make good television entertainment on a budget. Using a handicapped super-spy as an excuse to parody the inane workings of every day office life was inspired. Anyone who has ever been stuck in a job for which they are obviously over-qualified will immediately sympathise with Adderly, and with those who are supposed to supervise him.

I first saw the programme on US late-night television (CBS?) in the 1980's, and I've never seen it again. No big special effects, no amazing stunts, no cast of thousands. Just a wonderful little show with humour and pathos.

Isn't there somewhere in our 3000 channel universe where this could be re-run?

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