Home Television Drama Spy-Catcher


1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 1 (UK)
24 x 30 minute episodes

This BBC series starred Bernard Archer as British army interrogator Colonel Oreste Pinto during World War II.

Each episode featured a lengthy interrogation by Pinto, full of psychological tension, to test whether an apparently genuine Allied serviceman or refugee was, in reality, a German spy. His ingenious methods invariably resulted in the suspect giving himself away.

Despite the sparse set – one room, a table and two chairs – and the small cast, this was an excellent and memorable series.

The real Oreste Pinto was a Dutch-born MI5 intelligence officer during WWII who was generally regarded as the best interrogator in his field.

A radio series, based on the same source material, again with Bernard Archard in the lead, aired on the BBC Light Programme in 1960 and 1961

Spy-Catcher themed board game was produced by Merit (pictured at right).

Lieutenant Colonel Oreste Pinto
Bernard Archard