An agent is selling secrets to a foreign government. How he is doing this is unclear so Drake is brought in to find out, which he does by befriending him as a bumbling teacher on stress leave.




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Episode complete credited cast:
John Fraser ...
Sheila Allen ...
Raymond Adamson ...
Edward Chapman ...
Sir Ralph
Edward Cast ...
Leonard Monaghan ...
Keith Bell ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Jeannie (as Jackie Pearce)
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
Ian Collin ...
Pub Landlord


Denis Rawson, who is a civilian employee of the Royal Navy is a loner, and according to Drake's superiors, a chronic drinker. It is suspected that Rawson is dealing top secret Roual Navy information to foreign agents. He is being followed but with limited results. Drake is brought in to find out how he is selling the secrets and to whom. Drake befriends him by playing a bumbling, lonely, introverted teacher, and proceeds to keep a close eye on him. Drake's dogged following finally pays off, where it eventually tracks him to an incunabula bookshop owner. Written by jem

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cold war | 1960s | retcon | See All (3) »





Release Date:

14 August 1965 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sue (Wendy Richard - the blonde girl in the bar - asks about the record being by 'Jackie Scorpio.' It isn't. It is by J.S. Bach.

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In the detailed chase sequence, Denis Rawson gets into one London taxi with the license plate 771 EYE (at around 35 minutes, 30 seconds) but gets out of another taxi with the license plate 550 CYV (at around 36 minutes) with no suggestion that he might have changed taxis between shots. See more »


John Drake: 'The complete Works of Ernest Dawson.'
John Drake: [Snarkily] The complete works... he didn't write very much, did he?
Rawson: [Responding with a bit of granadeur] Poems aren't vegetables, you don't buy them by the pound.
John Drake: Courage is catching, or is it the drink. You know, I'm not familiar with the works of Mr. Dawson. It's hardly surprising is it?
John Drake: [Drake reading from the book] 'Ernest Dawson born 1867, died 1900.' Didn't live very long, did he? Ah! Here's something that's really very appropriate; 'they are not long, ...
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Drake's favorite spy gadget!
24 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not my favorite episode but it stands out because this show is where we are first introduced to perhaps the most ubiquitous spy gadget in the entire series; the cigarette lighter that doubles as a camera.

So far in this 1964-66 1 hour series we've seen an electric shaver with a built in transmitter, a camera in an alarm clock, and audio/video surveillance gear hidden in a wine barrel. Those gadgets came and went, but the lighter that takes pictures is going to stick around for many more episodes.

Oh how I long for the days when hidden cameras were that rare; simply as fantasy technology in a TV show. You know what I mean bothers and sisters?

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