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6 x 60 minute episodes

Former Oxford don Dr David Audley (Terence Stamp) and his team of counter-intelligence agents plodded through this slow-moving six-part spy drama from Granada.

The first episode began with the resurrection of an old RAF Pembroke from a Lincolnshire lake with a skeleton pilot at the controls and ended with Audley spending an unclerical night in a priests hole with the skeleton’s pneumatic daughter (Carmen Du Sautoy).

The series was based on the acclaimed series of espionage novels by Anthony Price but had the look of a low-rent le Carré.

Apparently, Stamp did not want to work in television and only accepted the role because he needed the money. It shows.

Dr David Audley
Terence Stamp
Faith Steerforth
Carmen Du Sautoy
Nick Hannah
Michael Culver
Hugh Roskill
Robin Sachs
Sir Alec Russell
John Horsley
Theo Friesler
Oscar Quitak