Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the ... See full summary »




Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Ray Lonnen ...  Harry Brown 3 episodes, 1982
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Davidson 3 episodes, 1982
Nicholas Day ...  Bannen 3 episodes, 1982
Geoffrey Chater ...  Col. George Frost 3 episodes, 1982
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ...  Insp. Howard Rennie 3 episodes, 1982
Derek Thompson ...  Billy Downes 3 episodes, 1982
Maggie Shevlin Maggie Shevlin ...  Mrs. Downes 3 episodes, 1982
Gil Brailey Gil Brailey ...  Josephine Laverty 3 episodes, 1982
Charles Lawson ...  Seamus Duffryn 3 episodes, 1982
Tony Rohr ...  Brigade Commander 3 episodes, 1982
Sam Dale ...  Billy's Driver 3 episodes, 1982
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ...  Mrs. Duncan 3 episodes, 1982
Rita Howard Rita Howard ...  Mrs. Duffryn / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Minister of Defence 2 episodes, 1982
Ray Armstrong Ray Armstrong ...  Lt. Colonel 2 episodes, 1982
Stephen Mallatratt Stephen Mallatratt ...  Adjutant 2 episodes, 1982
Christopher Whitehouse Christopher Whitehouse ...  Frankie 2 episodes, 1982
Linda Robson Linda Robson ...  Theresa McCorrigan 2 episodes, 1982
Rio Fanning Rio Fanning ...  Scrapyard Owner 2 episodes, 1982
Ian Bleasdale Ian Bleasdale ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 1982
Jonathan Young Jonathan Young ...  Brigade Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1982
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Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the army hasn't been told he is being put in place, his wife is fed up with him and his job, and his one new friend, an Irish woman who falls for him will be consumed by his relentless search for the assassin. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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The game of death




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Did You Know?


The television mini-series was made and first broadcast about seven years after its source novel of the same name by former-ITN correspondent Gerald Seymour had been first published in 1975. See more »


Harry Brown: He had to die. Don't you understand that?
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Featured in Lonnen's Game (2005) See more »


Theme is performed by Clannad
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This is how you do it
1 March 2003 | by glennwalsh44See all my reviews

Easily the best thriller set in Belfast, taken from Gerald Seymour's excellent novel. The film benefits from a degree of accuracy you will never find in 'The Devil's Own,' 'Patriot Games' or any of the other Hollywood nonsense. A good cast with many Belfast actors adds realism and the story is fast-paced and believable. The opening sequence is shocking, but again very detailed and the use of the IRA CO as a voice-over is pretty clever. The tension as the IRA close in on Harry is palpable as is his feeling of isolation and all the characters are three-dimensional. Leeds was used for some filming, but it feels like Belfast and there is good use of Belfast locations as well, especially during the climax. 'It was well done, Billy...'

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Release Date:

25 October 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Belfast Assassin See more »

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1.33 : 1
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