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...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Such was the popularity of "Callan," a new feature length episode was broadcast in 1981. Edward Woodward reprised his role and Russell Hunter made a cameo as Lonely. This episode was supposed to lead to a new series. This plan was cancelled, due to poor ratings. See more »
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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