Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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Don't Nail Him Yet 

An agent is selling secrets to a foreign government. How he is doing this is unclear so Drake is brought in to find out, which he does by befriending him as a bumbling teacher on stress leave.


Michael Truman


Philip Broadley, Ralph Smart (series devised by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
John Fraser ... Denis Rawson
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Dian
Anthony Dawson ... Lucas
Raymond Adamson ... Gorton
Edwin Apps ... Mumford
Edward Chapman ... Sir Ralph
Edward Cast Edward Cast ... Bennett
Wendy Richard ... Sue
Leonard Monaghan Leonard Monaghan ... Lennie
Keith Bell ... Bill
Jacqueline Pearce ... Jeannie (as Jackie Pearce)
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Waiter
Ian Collin Ian Collin ... Pub Landlord


Denis Rawson, who is a civilian employee of the Royal Navy is a loner, and according to Drake's superiors, a chronic drinker. It is suspected that Rawson is dealing top secret Roual Navy information to foreign agents. He is being followed but with limited results. Drake is brought in to find out how he is selling the secrets and to whom. Drake befriends him by playing a bumbling, lonely, introverted teacher, and proceeds to keep a close eye on him. Drake's dogged following finally pays off, where it eventually tracks him to an incunabula bookshop owner. Written by jem

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







Release Date:

14 August 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Drake and Rawson discuss football, Drake consistently calls the sport "football" while Rawson calls it "soccer" but also refers to the "football stadium". Ironically, Drake asks whether they are talking about the same sport, but is responding to Rawson's characterization of football as primally aggressive and not to their differing terminology. See more »


In the detailed chase sequence, Denis Rawson gets into one London taxi with the license plate 771 EYE (at around 35 minutes, 30 seconds) but gets out of another taxi with the license plate 550 CYV (at around 36 minutes) with no suggestion that he might have changed taxis between shots. See more »


Dian: [as Dian & Rawson enter her flat, they're startled to see John Drake, who's now standing in the centre of her room] Who are you?
John Drake: Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, begger man, thief. Have you got a light?
Dian: What are you doing here?
John Drake: Ask him he knows, don't you Rawson?
Dian: Do you know this man, Denis?
John Drake: I'm more of a ghost to him than a man. He's praying that I disappear. He's praying that this is a nightmare, and that he'll wake up. Come on Rawson, and put yourself together - tell her ...
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References Becket (1964) See more »

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Must see episode
14 September 2019 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

While not completely realistic, this is less fanciful than usual and contains many plausible elements of genuine spycraft. Drake is called on to help Special Branch link a suspected traitor to his foreign contact or handler. There are many scenes of tailing - and momentarily losing - the suspect in the City of London, especially around the Mall. (We see the sights including, I think, the Victoria Memorial and the statue of the Duke of Wellington.) At one point, Drake makes the mistake of stepping out from behind cover so that Rawson, the suspect, can see Drake's reflection in a shop window. This travelogue is burnished with lively dialogue by Philip Broadley. The acting is excellent, and many bits of business are nice such as the official who pours a drink as an indication that he is done talking to Gorton and Drake, and then turns on them when they don't leave, as if to say, Can't you take a hint?

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