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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Sinclair
Sir George Sinclair
Professor Fisher
Hellory Sinclair
Captain Kell
Vicar / Wakeham
Peter Stark ...
Del Synnott ...
London Constable
Roger De Courcey ...
David Gallacher ...
Professor's Butler
James Bryce ...
Concierge at Club
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Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him a coded notebook with map, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself. Masquerading as a liberal party pundit, Richard also gets stuck with parliamentary candidate Sir George Sinclair's sister Victoria. They must survive with the secrets and decide who they can trust and how to keep it from others. Written by KGF Vissers

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One of the main locations for this version was Stirling Castle itself. See more »


A one point Hannay is being chased by a bi-plane which fires at him with twin machine guns. These guns are firing through the propeller. This requires a synchronization gear (aka an interrupter gear). The scene takes place in 1914 but the first synchronization gear was not installed on an aircraft until March 1915. See more »


Victoria Sinclair: I didn't become a suffragette because I'm bad at needlepoint.
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39 Stepping Out
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching this at face value as a Masterpiece production, it was quite enjoyable. Rich production, lovely looking actors, and enough suspense and drama, with a bit of humor to pass a pleasant evening. Not having watched the previous versions, I didn't know what to expect and didn't have any expectations. I was looking for ninety minutes of entertainment and intrigue, and found it. If it had been called anything else besides the classic 39 Steps maybe there wouldn't be such a fuss. Sit back and enjoy, and stop comparing to what's been done. It's rare that a Masterpiece production is not worth watching. I'll check out the other versions eventually, but this one decidedly was more than watchable.

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