Bernard Samson is a spy in the employ of S.I.S., London Central.




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Series cast summary:
Ian Holm ...  Bernard Samson 13 episodes, 1988
Michael Culver ...  Dicky Cruyer 13 episodes, 1988
Michael Degen Michael Degen ...  Werner Volkmann 12 episodes, 1988
Anthony Bate ...  Bret Renssalaer 12 episodes, 1988
Gail Harrison Gail Harrison ...  Tessa Kozinski 11 episodes, 1988
Frederick Treves ...  Frank Harrington 10 episodes, 1988
Mel Martin ...  Fiona Samson 10 episodes, 1988
Jamie Valder Jamie Valder ...  Billy Samson 10 episodes, 1988
Kirsten Valder Kirsten Valder ...  Sally Samson 10 episodes, 1988
Amanda Donohoe ...  Gloria Kent 9 episodes, 1988
Struan Rodger ...  Morgan 9 episodes, 1988
Gottfried John ...  Erich Stinnes 7 episodes, 1988
Brigitte Karner Brigitte Karner ...  Zena Volkmann 7 episodes, 1988
John Wheatley John Wheatley ...  Julian McKenzie 7 episodes, 1988
Gary Whelan ...  George Kozinski 7 episodes, 1988
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ...  Pavel Moskvin 6 episodes, 1988


Bernard Samson is an aging British spy, who was once at the top of his game. He led his own spy team in East Germany from Berlin. Everything changed when he lost a team member and he's been blaming himself for it ever since. He now works behind the desk with a team of young highly educated spies, who've never seen a day of action. When evidence of a Russian mole within their ranks appear, he's asked once again to return to Berlin and use his experience and old contacts to help catch the traitor.

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Release Date:

3 October 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Juego, set y partido See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(12 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite winning awards and being critically acclaimed in the UK, it was a ratings disaster. See more »

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one of the best
8 November 2005 | by terrythrasherSee all my reviews

this i well remember. it was later . some years later that it has become a cult favorite. Deighton may not have like it( the movie) but i felt it was one of the great adaptation

a classic. a great movie that parallels the book . am willing also along with many others, i see, willing to paid for it. It will require Granda TV to release it in DVD or some enterprising person. the suspense builds and leaves many questions. Much better than the shoot em up mindless prater that comes out now. A number of fans are waiting for the go - ahead to buy a DVD. it will be a instant best seller. It is better than Soldier, Sailer...etc..

Post 12-07-05

i have obtained the DVD of it .now available. the sound is excellent , better than the original. video is acceptable. three years later . i actually pulled out the DVD last night and started watching it again. strange as i have gotten use to high def and this is plain DVD. the sound is terrific and the nuance is far superior to anything on the market.

i am taking bids and if anyone is near Baltimore or Washington you are welcome to preview for the quality i stated. email me with bids . obviously no copies of this can be made as i suspect that is against the law.

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