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Mr. Palfrey of Westminster 

He describes himself as "just a civil servant." But in the cloak-and-dagger world of the British security services, mild-mannered Mr. Palfrey (Golden Globe nominee Alec McCowen, Travels ... See full summary »
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1985   1984  

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Alec McCowen ...  Mr Palfrey 10 episodes, 1984-1985
Caroline Blakiston ...  Co-Ordinator 10 episodes, 1984-1985
Clive Wood ...  Blair 10 episodes, 1984-1985
Briony McRoberts Briony McRoberts ...  Caroline 10 episodes, 1984-1985
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He describes himself as "just a civil servant." But in the cloak-and-dagger world of the British security services, mild-mannered Mr. Palfrey (Golden Globe nominee Alec McCowen, Travels with My Aunt) is an invaluable player in the spy game. A master of counter-espionage and a spy-catcher extraordinaire, he's smart, discreet, cunning--and likes to do things his own way. His new boss quickly realizes the talents and dangers of the deceptively charming, utterly ruthless Palfrey. Known simply as "the Coordinator" and splendidly played by Caroline Blakiston (Brass, Scoop), she appoints an assistant (Clive Wood, The Lion in Winter) to work with Palfrey but report back to her. As always, however, Palfrey has his own ideas. "Alec McCowen plays Palfrey to perfection" (The Times, U.K.) in this stylish British spy series seen on public television and featuring guest appearances by Julian Glover (By the Sword Divided), Leslie Phillips (Chancer), Richard Johnson (The Camomile Lawn), and Deborah ...

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UK

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English

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18 April 1984 (UK) See more »

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(10 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Secret Security Operations by Ordinary People
2 November 2005 | by jkorchokSee all my reviews

This was an excellent series with a total of ten shows, released in 1984 and aired by PBS in the U.S. in the late 80s. They only ran the shows one time. Too bad! It was the last series written by George Markstein of Danger Man/Secret Agent fame. The situation is of a very small department under the indirect control of an unnamed English female prime minister (hmmmm, who could that be?). This department tackles Mission Impossible-style tasks that cannot be carried out by official means, but they do it with a staff of three (Mr. Palfrey, his secretary and his side-kick) and no high-tech gizmos or budget. How do they do it? Their "dirty tricks" are way more tricky than dirty. Both their subjects and their audience are taken on a ride, often with a surprise ending. My favorite episode was "Return to Sender" (I think that's the name, anyway) about a Russian double-agent who has decided he wants to return home. Mr. Palfrey assignment is to stop by any means necessary. Just when you think you're going to witness the agent's demise, Mr. Palfrey's mastery of psychology saves the day. I don't know how you're ever going to see the series, as repeated requests to the BBC to re-release it have gone nowhere, but if you get a chance, don't pass it up. - January 2005 Six years later: the DVD set is finally available from Acorn media. Well worth the purchase!


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