Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove 

After a driving accident, Drake finds he has a £500 gambling debt at a club he has no knowledge of, yet the staff seem to know him, and the club's manager, Mr. Alexander knows all about Drake's career with M9, and plans to blackmail him.


Don Chaffey


David Stone, Ralph Smart (series devised by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
Adrienne Corri ... Elaine Pearson
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Mr. Lovegrove
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Paul Alexander
Patsy Rowlands ... Mrs. Elsie Farebrother
Peter Butterworth ... 'Umbrella'
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Capt. Morgan
Mike Pratt ... 'Briefcase'
John Cazabon ... Man in Black
Desmond Llewelyn ... Charles - Doorman
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Receptionist
Peter Gill Peter Gill ... Fletcher
Terrance Hooper Terrance Hooper ... Pierre - Croupier


Whilst driving, Drake is distracted by his radio, swerves to miss a soccer ball and has an accident. Later he finds that he has a £500 gambling debt at almac's casino, whichhe has no knowledge of. When he goes to the casino, he finds everybody knows him but he has no recollection. The mamanger of the casino knows all about Drake's career as an agent and attempts to blackmails him, threatening to send his picture and expose him to all Written by jem

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cold war | 1960s | retcon | See All (3) »







Release Date:

21 August 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove is the title of a single by the band Dead Can Dance, from the album Into the Labyrinth See more »


When the doctor is examining John Drake (at around 18 minutes), the clapper board is visible in the doctor's head mirror. See more »


John Drake: [John Drake just put Elsie Fairebrother in a cab, and as he starts to walk home, Elaine Pearson - sitting in her car - asks Dake to talk to her. After getting in, and clearing the air about the previous time he 'spoke' with her - only to have her lure Drake to talk with Mr. Alexander, Drake's in no mood for further games] Look, it's late, I'm tired, and you bore me.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »


Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74: I. Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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It's more like an episode of "The Prisoner" than "Secret Agent".
9 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove" is a very strange and surreal episode and it doesn't fit in with the style of the series at all. Interestingly, it IS a lot like a show from Patrick McGoohan's next series, "The Prisoner". As an episode of "The Prisoner" it wouldn't have been too bad, but for "Secret Agent" is was awfully weak.

Drake is driving along the English countryside on his way to London. However, when a kid's ball flashes into the road, Drake is distracted and crashes. What follows is an odd nightmarish story where Drake finds himself staying at a gambling casino and a man is trying to blackmail him, as he KNOWS Drake is a secret agent and he's threatening to expose his real identity. But the story is much more--as people later appear and disappear and the story has a strange other worldly feel to it. What's happening? Is Drake losing his mind or is he on LSD or what?!

"Secret Agent" was a very good series---a very literal series. This strange episode just doesn't fit at all and is weak because of this (though the stunts were very nice). However, if you want to see 'Q' from the "James Bond" series, he does make an odd guest appearance.

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