This splendid made-for-TV movie from Euston Films – written by Keith Waterhouse from a novel by Brian Freemantle – told how Charlie Muffin (David Hemmings), a scruffy middle-aged “over-the-hill” British agent, put one over on the entire British and Russian spy networks.
The story told how, having captured Alexei Berenkov (Clive Revill), head of the Soviet spy network in Europe, the British Intelligence Service needed evidence to convict him.
They decide to hand the investigation over to Charlie – a man despised by his fellow colleagues. The ‘dimwit’ duly walks away both with the evidence they require – and the million-dollar exchange fee requested by KGB Chief Kalenin (Pinkas Braun) for his defection.
Other big names in the cast include Sir Ralph Richardson, Ian Richardson, Sam Wanamaker, Donald Churchill and Shane Rimmer.
Charlie Muffin aired on ITV on Tuesday 11 December 1979. The film was released in the US as A Deadly Game.
Chief Valery Kalenin
Sir Henry Cuthbertson
Sir Archibald Willoughby
Keys (Secretary of State)