Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham
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Series cast summary:
Alex Jennings ...  John Ashenden 4 episodes, 1991
Joss Ackland ...  Cumming 4 episodes, 1991
Ian Bannen ...  'R' 4 episodes, 1991
Jason Isaacs ...  Andrew Lehman 3 episodes, 1991
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ...  'R's Secretary 2 episodes, 1991
Fiona Mollison ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 1991
Jane Hollowood Jane Hollowood ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Stockbridge Peter Stockbridge ...  Roberts 2 episodes, 1991
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Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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17 November 1991 (UK) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Explanatory comment in closing credits of final episode: "The Ashenden stories were based on W. Somerset Maugham's experiences as a spy in World War I. Many of them were destroyed because of the Official Secrets Act. After the book's publication, Maugham never again made his home in England. He died in France in 1965." See more »

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An excellent and very different spy story
18 October 2003 | by grafxmanSee all my reviews

I write this after having seen all four episodes. It plays out more like four episodes of a TV series than a four part miniseries.

They are all excellent. The best episode is the very poignant final episode. They are apparently based on the writer's real life experiences as a spy during WW I.

This is not to be missed.

Roger Moncrief


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