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Codename: Kyril 

A tense tale of Cold War espionage and betrayal. A Russian agent enters England to force a hidden British agent high in the KGB to reveal himself.




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Complete series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Michael Royston 4 episodes, 1988
Ian Charleson ...  Kyril 4 episodes, 1988
Joss Ackland ...  'C' 4 episodes, 1988
Richard E. Grant ...  Sculby 4 episodes, 1988
Peter Vaughan ...  Stanov 4 episodes, 1988
Denholm Elliott ...  Povin 4 episodes, 1988
Hugh Fraser ...  Peter Jackson 4 episodes, 1988
Tor Stokke Tor Stokke ...  Yevchenko 4 episodes, 1988
John McEnery ...  Loshkevoi 3 episodes, 1988
Espen Skjønberg Espen Skjønberg ...  Michaelov 3 episodes, 1988
Sven-Bertil Taube ...  Stolynovitch 3 episodes, 1988
Dermot Crowley ...  Carter 3 episodes, 1988
Peter Wight ...  Evans 3 episodes, 1988
Catherine Neilson ...  Emma 2 episodes, 1988
Charles Simon Charles Simon ...  Trumper 2 episodes, 1988
Terence Harvey ...  Chairman - Magistrate's Court 2 episodes, 1988
Geff Francis Geff Francis ...  Rastafarian 2 episodes, 1988
Hugh Ross ...  Detective Fitzgerald 2 episodes, 1988
Antony Carrick ...  Head of Staff 2 episodes, 1988


A tense tale of Cold War espionage and betrayal. A Russian agent enters England to force a hidden British agent high in the KGB to reveal himself. Written by <bruce.bozarth@worldnet.att.net>

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A double agent discovers he's the fox that everyone is hunting


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Release Date:

29 March 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nome de Código Kyril See more »

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Hartswood Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Edward Woodward suffered a heart attack towards the end of filming. Woodward believed it was caused by his grueling schedule of working on The Equalizer (1985) and this series back-to-back. Woodward was written out of one scene and stand-ins were used in some scenes. See more »

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Video version is edited from 230 m. original See more »


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Excellent espionage thriller
23 March 2005 | by dolyschafSee all my reviews

Edward Woodward is in fine form as the dubious MI6 operative Michael Royston. With a great cast (including the late Denholm Elliot), this is a must see TV film from the late 1980s.

Not too packed with action scenes, but when it comes it is good. There is also a considerable amount of violence in this, making it a film for the faint hearted to avoid. The only slightly questionable thing is that all the Russians in central Moscow seem to be speaking English to one another - that aside, this is definitely worth watching and it is a British spy classic full of espionage and betrayal which sadly seems set to stay in the archives. Catch it if you can!

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