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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

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James Mitchell
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Callan / ... 43 episodes, 1967-1972
Russell Hunter ...  Lonely 41 episodes, 1967-1972
Lisa Langdon Lisa Langdon ...  Liz March / ... 31 episodes, 1967-1972
Anthony Valentine ...  Toby Meres / ... 30 episodes, 1967-1972
William Squire ...  Hunter 19 episodes, 1970-1972
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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This bleak, "Spy who Came in from the Cold"-style espionage drama concentrates on the seamy underside of covert operations: assassinations, blackmail and dirty dealing. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1967 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1967-1969)| Color (1970-1972)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

James Mitchell created the gritty series as a reaction against the increasingly fanciful espionage images seen in The Avengers (1961) (a series which he had worked on in its earlier days), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and the Bond films. See more »

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Followed by Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider (1967) See more »

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One of the all-time great TV series
4 August 2006 | by OwlnzSee all my reviews

I think I managed to see the entire series bar a couple of episodes and the story lines were always excellent. Great casting throughout. Alas, I realize how old I have become now when I see how Anthony Valentine has aged - have just watched a 2005 episode of the BBCs "New Tricks" this evening, in which he featured. Sadly don't seem to have seen Edward Woodward in many productions during the years since "Callan".

I only ever saw the "Callan" episodes in black and white - colour TV didn't reach New Zealand until several years after it was available in the USA and Europe, and we couldn't afford a colour set until 1982 - but I wonder whether viewing it in black and white added more gritty realism to the plots, and perhaps if I watched it now remastered in colour, would I find it slightly disappointing? I haven't noticed it around on DVD but if I do, don't think I'll be tempted to buy, as I prefer to remember it still with great enjoyment.


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