Bernard Samson (Sir Ian Holm) is a spy in the employ of S.I.S., 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
 Bret Renssalaer 12 episodes, 1988
Gail Harrison ...
 Tessa Kozinski 11 episodes, 1988
Frederick Treves ...
 Frank Harrington 10 episodes, 1988
 Fiona Samson 10 episodes, 1988
Jamie Valder ...
 Billy Samson 10 episodes, 1988
Kirsten Valder ...
 Sally Samson 10 episodes, 1988
 Gloria Kent 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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Release Date:

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 critically acclaimed in the UK, it was a ratings disaster. See more »

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26 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

It has been quite awhile since I saw this series - 1987 or 1988 when I lived in the USA. It was on PBS MYSTERY and no other TV series has captured my attention - and admiration - as this ten art series did. Thought I had the story all worked out until the last series of course. made me read the second trilogy - Hook, Line and Sinker (there are place names to it as well but I forget them. I here Mr D bought the copyright to the all the films - pity. Never seen a better mystery since. Sir Ian was a wonderfully confused Bernard and the various other characters from his wife, his girlfriend, Silas, whomever were all played out exceptionally well. Locations - or so it appeared were bang-on as well. The Smiley series is great (the Sir Alec for sure), this ranks just as good at a minimum.

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