Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham
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 John Ashenden (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Cumming (4 episodes, 1991)
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 'R' (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Andrew Lehman (3 episodes, 1991)
Sarah Bullen ...
 'R's Secretary (2 episodes, 1991)
Fiona Mollison ...
 Sarah (2 episodes, 1991)
Jane Hollowood ...
 Maid (2 episodes, 1991)
Peter Stockbridge ...
 Roberts (2 episodes, 1991)
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Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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Explanatory comment in closing credits of final episode: "The Ashenden stories were based on W. Somerset Maugham's experiences as a spy in World War I. Many of them were destroyed because of the Official Secrets Act. After the book's publication, Maugham never again made his home in England. He died in France in 1965." See more »

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Why isn't it available on video or DVD???
9 January 2004 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best TV adaptations of a novel I ever saw. As usual, the real good stuff gets locked up in a vault somewhere and eventually fades away. I wish I had recorded all the episodes the last time I saw it (over 10 years ago).


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