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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Callan / ... 43 episodes, 1967-1972
Russell Hunter ...  Lonely 41 episodes, 1967-1972
Lisa Langdon Lisa Langdon ...  Liz March / ... 31 episodes, 1967-1972
Anthony Valentine ...  Toby Meres / ... 30 episodes, 1967-1972
William Squire ...  Hunter 19 episodes, 1970-1972
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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This bleak, "Spy who Came in from the Cold"-style espionage drama concentrates on the seamy underside of covert operations: assassinations, blackmail and dirty dealing. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1967 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1967-1969)| Color (1970-1972)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Section head always went under the codename of Hunter, AKA Charlie when being contacted from the outside world. Callan's regular alias was David Tucker. See more »

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Referenced in Nearest and Dearest: Compliments of the Season (1970) See more »

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Girl in the Dark
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Composed by Jack Trombey
[Series theme tune]
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A great character led drama series
2 July 2015 | by dhensonukSee all my reviews

I as addicted to this series when it was first shown. Seeing it again in recent years confirmed to me just how good it was. Far better than most modern fare.

Callan was a reluctant killer who somehow always ended up doing what he knew was right but also what was morally grubby. The other characters were all superb and strongly drawn in their own right. Hunter, the leader of the section, Lonely the criminal low life friend, Toby the upper class psychotic who ends up his friend. The only drawback is the lack of strong women characters, apart from a few occasional guests.

This was a spy drama that made you think, that made you question your own side.

Modern writers could well learn from this series.


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