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The Secret Agent 

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Verloc, the owner of a seedy shop in Victorian Soho, plays a dangerous game spying on an agitating anarchist group that will prove useful to the foreign power he is secretly working for.
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Toby Jones ...  Verloc 3 episodes, 2016
Vicky McClure ...  Winnie Verloc 3 episodes, 2016
Charlie Hamblett ...  Stevie 3 episodes, 2016
Marie Critchley ...  Jessie 3 episodes, 2016
Tom Goodman-Hill ...  AC Stone 3 episodes, 2016
Raphael Acloque ...  Ossipon 3 episodes, 2016
Stephen Graham ...  Inspector Heat 3 episodes, 2016
David Dawson ...  Vladimir 3 episodes, 2016
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ...  Michaelis 3 episodes, 2016
George Costigan ...  Sir Ethelred 3 episodes, 2016
Ash Hunter Ash Hunter ...  Hedges 3 episodes, 2016
Ian Hart ...  The Professor 3 episodes, 2016
Penny Downie ...  Lady Blackwood 3 episodes, 2016
Selina Boyack Selina Boyack ...  Annie Stone 3 episodes, 2016
Philip Rosch ...  Councillor Wurmt 2 episodes, 2016
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Verloc, the owner of a seedy shop in Victorian Soho, plays a dangerous game spying on an agitating anarchist group that will prove useful to the foreign power he is secretly working for.

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An explosive and heart-breaking adaptation of Joseph Conrad's classic novel of terrorism, espionage and betrayal. See more »

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The lavish marbled interior shots of the Russian Embassy were filmed within Glasgow City Chambers. The Chambers offers free guided tours to members of the public most days. See more »

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Version of The Secret Agent (1975) See more »

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Misses the point
2 August 2016 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Joseph Conrad's novel, 'The Secret Agent', is justly acclaimed, a compact and bitter satire nominally about anarchist terrorism but in fact about the wretchedness of the human condition: while ordinary people labour and suffer, we talk about principles and love but will in reality sacrifice anything for an easy life. With hardly a superfluous word, it could easily be adapted into a 90 minute film; but this adaptation lasts three hours, and is slow-paced and boring. Not only that, but the padding serves to undermine the original purpose to no beneficial effect. One of the great characters in the book is the Professor, an extremist (with all the best lines) who asserts he will give everything for the cause, even down to blowing himself up with a bomb he carries on his person at all times should the police come to arrest him. But no actual cause is ever sufficiently revolutionary to earn the Professor's support, and as we see when he is confronted by the stupid, cowardly policeman Heat, his supposed willingness to cause carnage is sufficiently strong to ensure that no-one is ever likely to put him to the test. But in this adaptation, Heat is brave and humane, and he confronts the Professor only for the Professor's bomb to fail to explode when he tries to detonate it, developments that completely miss the point. It's a particular shame to see the usually excellent Vicky McClure stilted and unable to save the story. Sometimes it seems as if those responsible for adapting a story have utterly failed to understand what it is really about; and this series is one such example.


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