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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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Series cast summary:
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 ...  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


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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Terrorism. Espionage. Betrayal. 1886 See more »



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17 July 2016 (UK) See more »

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Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent See more »

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Did You Know?


David Suchet (who Toby Jones worked with in an episode of "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1989-2013)) appeared as Adolf Verloc in the 1992 mini-series adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel. See more »


Version of The Secret Agent (1975) See more »

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Poor attention to detail
5 August 2016 | by micksterdeeSee all my reviews

The BBC is well known for its attention to detail in its drama, and in the main The Secret Agent was also suitably well detailed. Sadly, this attention to detail did not extend to the railway scenes.

I understand that the railway scenes were filmed at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in Scotland - close to the main filming location of the series. The setting of the drama is in the late 19th century and yet in all railway scenes inappropriate rolling stock was employed. The locomotive used in all the filming could clearly be seen to be 61272. This locomotive was not built until 1928 - over 30 years after the date setting of The Secret Agent. The number on the locomotive did not exist until the nationalisation of Britain's railways in 1948. The locomotive's tender showed the British Railways "lion & wheel" logo - also post 1948. The coaching stock was part of the Bo'ness & Kinneil's own Caledonian Railway carriages. Indeed, the carriages are stencilled CR. The carriages are also out of period, as these were not built until 1923! I doubt the Caledonian Railways carriages would have been seen on London to Southampton trains.

I am disappointed with such poor attention to detail from a BBC production

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