Bernard Samson is a spy in the employ of SIS, London Central.




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Series cast summary:
 Bernard Samson (13 episodes, 1988)
 Dicky Cruyer (13 episodes, 1988)
Michael Degen ...
 Werner Volkmann (12 episodes, 1988)
Anthony Bate ...
 Bret Renssalaer (12 episodes, 1988)
Gail Harrison ...
 Tessa Kozinski (11 episodes, 1988)
Frederick Treves ...
 Frank Harrington (10 episodes, 1988)
Mel Martin ...
 Fiona Samson (10 episodes, 1988)
Jamie Valder ...
 Billy Samson (10 episodes, 1988)
Kirsten Valder ...
 Sally Samson (10 episodes, 1988)
 Gloria Kent (9 episodes, 1988)
 Morgan (9 episodes, 1988)
 Erich Stinnes (7 episodes, 1988)
Brigitte Karner ...
 Zena Volkmann (7 episodes, 1988)
John Wheatley ...
 Julian McKenzie (7 episodes, 1988)
 George Kozinski (7 episodes, 1988)
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
 Pavel Moskvin (6 episodes, 1988)


Bernard Samson is an aging British spy, who was once at the top of his game. He led his own spy team in East Germany from Berlin. Everything changed when he lost a team member and he's been blaming himself for it ever since. He now works behind the desk with a team of young highly educated spies, who've never seen a day of action. When evidence of a Russian mole within their ranks appear, he's asked once again to return to Berlin and use his experience and old contacts to help catch the traitor.

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3 October 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juego, set y partido  »

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(12 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Despite winning awards and being acclaimed by the critics in the UK it was a ratings disaster. See more »

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It's amazing how frequently I think of this series
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I agree with everyone who says that this series was the best of the 'spy' genre. My husband and I were captivated by it when it first aired in the US and watched every episode. I tried at that time to purchase the series (I did tape all of it) but was told by WGBH that it was not available. I even considered writing to Ian Holm to see if he might have a copy! Like others, I purchased and read the Deighton series (in part to understand the complicated plot.) If the original version ever comes available on DVD, I'll be among the first in line to snap up a copy. Ian Holm's portrayal of the vulnerable but courageous Bernard Samson was amazing. (He is always amazing.)

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