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Release Date:
18 April 1984 (UK) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 8)

Alec McCowen ... Mr Palfrey (10 episodes, 1984-1985)

Caroline Blakiston ... Co-Ordinator (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Clive Wood ... Blair (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Briony McRoberts ... Caroline (10 episodes, 1984-1985)

Series Directed by
Christopher Hodson (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Cregeen (2 episodes, 1984)
Gerald Blake (2 episodes, 1985)
John Davies (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Writing credits
Philip Broadley (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Michael Chapman (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
George Markstein (2 episodes, 1984-1985)

Series Produced by
Michael Chapman .... producer (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Series Casting by
Linda Butcher (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Series Production Design by
David Ferris (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Robert Ide (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bill Palmer (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Costume Design by
Jill Silverside (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Richard Brown (2 episodes, 1984)
Caroline Rybolt (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Angela Seyfang .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Series Art Department
Ian Kestle .... graphics designer (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Series Sound Department
Peter Bond .... o.b. sound (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Ball .... sound (6 episodes, 1985)
Stan Lee .... sound (4 episodes, 1984)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Hobbs .... o.b. cameras (8 episodes, 1984-1985)
Tony Ball .... o.b. vision control (7 episodes, 1984-1985)
Albert Almond .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bill Marley .... vision control (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Andy Andrews .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1984)
Bob Mason .... vision control (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Unwin .... o.b. vision control (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Ian Coram .... vision control (2 episodes, 1985)
Chris Dingley .... o.b. cameras (2 episodes, 1985)
Allen Harradine .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985)
David Motture .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985)
Ken Tester-Brown .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Editorial Department
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Grant Goodwin .... videotape editor (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Boffin .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dave Lewinton .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Thomas Kavanagh .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Other crew
Shirley Cleghorn .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mary Motture .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Sampson .... o.b. engineering manager (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sue Dumbell .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Julian Meers .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Del Randall .... studio supervisor (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Chris Emmins .... o.b. engineering manager (4 episodes, 1985)
Tim Dehn .... location manager (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Paddy Dewey .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Valerie Farrow .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Lopes .... floor manager (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Barry Millar .... location manager (3 episodes, 1985)
Brian Kerr .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Derek Cotty .... location manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Ernster .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Errington .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1985)

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60 min (10 episodes)
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Secret Security Operations by Ordinary People, 2 November 2005
Author: jkorchok from United States

This was an excellent series with a total of ten shows, released in 1984 and aired by PBS in the U.S. in the late 80s. They only ran the shows one time. Too bad! It was the last series written by George Markstein of Danger Man/Secret Agent fame. The situation is of a very small department under the indirect control of an unnamed English female prime minister (hmmmm, who could that be?). This department tackles Mission Impossible-style tasks that cannot be carried out by official means, but they do it with a staff of three (Mr. Palfrey, his secretary and his side-kick) and no high-tech gizmos or budget. How do they do it? Their "dirty tricks" are way more tricky than dirty. Both their subjects and their audience are taken on a ride, often with a surprise ending. My favorite episode was "Return to Sender" (I think that's the name, anyway) about a Russian double-agent who has decided he wants to return home. Mr. Palfrey assignment is to stop by any means necessary. Just when you think you're going to witness the agent's demise, Mr. Palfrey's mastery of psychology saves the day. I don't know how you're ever going to see the series, as repeated requests to the BBC to re-release it have gone nowhere, but if you get a chance, don't pass it up. - January 2005 Six years later: the DVD set is finally available from Acorn media. Well worth the purchase!

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