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Series cast summary:
 Martin Taylor (6 episodes, 1983)
Peter Eyre ...
 Francis Main (6 episodes, 1983)
Lesley Nightingale ...
 Suzy Summerfield (6 episodes, 1983)
Michael Aldridge ...
 Sir Peter Hillmore (6 episodes, 1983)
 Simon Tate (5 episodes, 1983)
Philip Hynd ...
 Evans (5 episodes, 1983)
 Rokoff (5 episodes, 1983)
Thorley Walters ...
 Dr. Arthur Dowdall (4 episodes, 1983)
Al Gillyon ...
 Hoskins (3 episodes, 1983)
Christine Hargreaves ...
 Jean Williams (3 episodes, 1983)
 Mrs. Franklin (3 episodes, 1983)
Judy Monahan ...
 Christy (3 episodes, 1983)
Joe Holmes ...
 Sam Spaulding (3 episodes, 1983)
Mandy Pickard ...
 Mrs. Metcalfe (3 episodes, 1983)
Gaylie Runciman ...
 Mrs. Lindsay (3 episodes, 1983)
 Harding (3 episodes, 1983)
 Tom Silvers (2 episodes, 1983)
Bridget McConnell ...
 Mrs. Huninger (2 episodes, 1983)
Bjørn Sundquist ...
 Erik Starvik (2 episodes, 1983)
Jean Boht ...
 Mrs. Silvers (2 episodes, 1983)
Don Henderson ...
 Jack Fielding (2 episodes, 1983)
 Metcalfe (2 episodes, 1983)
 Sir Philip Strang (2 episodes, 1983)
Jackie Shinn ...
 Clerk (2 episodes, 1983)
Terence Harvey ...
 Travis (2 episodes, 1983)
Patricia Gallimore ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1983)
Erik Øksnes ...
 Nils Jakobsen (2 episodes, 1983)
William Fox ...
 Marcus Carpenter (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael Lees ...
 Captain Huninger (2 episodes, 1983)
Toralv Maurstad ...
 Dr. Bjørnson (2 episodes, 1983)
Trini Lund ...
 Mrs. Starvik (2 episodes, 1983)


Suspicions are aroused when a British trawler goes missing... Tom Wilkinson leads the astonishing BBC Cold War drama inspired by real events. Enter a nightmarish world of political cover-ups of international consequence in the last decade of the Cold War in this six-part BBC drama. When an ordinary British fishing vessel and its 36-man crew mysteriously disappears off the coast of Norway, journalist Martin Taylor (Tom Wilkinson) is determined to find out why. His father was on board, and is now missing. His investigations soon lead him to run up against the twin barriers of Royal Navy stonewalling and an impenetrable Soviet Politburo. The notorious finale shocked audiences when it was first aired in 1983. The haunting theme 'A Cold Wind', sung by June Tabor, was so popular it was released as a single. Spyship is based on the fictional novel by Brian Haynes and Tom Keene, former reporters who researched the real life sinking of the FV Gaul in 1974 which was shrouded in mystery. Written by

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9 November 1983 (UK)  »

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Spionageschiff  »

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A Cold Wind
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Comments on the BBC series "Spyship" broadcast in 1983
17 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this series when it was broadcast in 1983 and it was excellent, if a little slow to get started.The theme tune "A Cold Wind", was sung by the incomparable June Tabor and was released as a single in the year of broadcast.A haunting tune written for the series, it suited the series perfectly.The story of a trawler which went down in open sea with no apparent explanation.It was first thought to have been sunk by the Russians, then a journalist, with the aid of a female friend, started to find out otherwise.As the series progressed, the two found their lives were in danger and were being thwarted in their efforts to get to the bottom of the tragedy.It has a quite stunning finale and is well worth a viewing.

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