A triple agent attempts to blow up the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, a time of unrest and anarchist violence throughout Europe.

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Series cast summary:
Cheryl Campbell ...  Winnie Verloc 3 episodes, 1992
Peter Capaldi ...  Mr. Vladimir 3 episodes, 1992
Janet Suzman ...  Margaret, Duchess of Chester 3 episodes, 1992
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ...  Stevie 3 episodes, 1992
John Benfield ...  Michaelis 3 episodes, 1992
Warren Clarke ...  Chief Inspector Heat 3 episodes, 1992
John Gabriel John Gabriel ...  Yundt 3 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ...  Toodles 3 episodes, 1992
Stratford Johns ...  Home Secretary 3 episodes, 1992
Alfred Lynch ...  The Professor 3 episodes, 1992
Patrick Malahide ...  Assistant Commissioner 3 episodes, 1992
Doreen Mantle ...  Mrs. Waller 3 episodes, 1992
Fiona Mollison Fiona Mollison ...  Annie 3 episodes, 1992
David Ryall ...  Wurme 3 episodes, 1992
David Schofield ...  Ossipon 3 episodes, 1992
David Suchet ...  Alfred Verloc 3 episodes, 1992


A triple agent attempts to blow up the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, a time of unrest and anarchist violence throughout Europe.

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28 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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Conrad's Masterpiece perfectly done by Suchet + Campbell
4 August 2012 | by ashfordrSee all my reviews

1992 BBC TV adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent in 3 episodes has been unavailable in US, despite its excellence. Late Victorian London is full of anarchists of many stripes, (the forerunners of Bolsheviks, etc.) Suchet plays an agent provocateur, in the pay of a mysterious foreign embassy. His job is to keep tabs on all the other anarchists, and to provoke the odd incident to terrorize the populace, whenever his employer demands. However the police know all about him and the other anarchists. Also Suchet has settled down to a marriage of convenience with Cheryl Campbell, becoming a sleazy shopkeeper and promising to look after his wife's mildly retarded brother. When the embassy demands an incident, Suchet knows he must act, despite the risk of discovery, and of upsetting his household. Both of these consummate actors are at their peak in this gem, with its eerie echos of 9/11, a hundred years later.

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