1 9 8 8 – 1 9 8 9 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes
A prequel of John Buchan’s novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, in which his officer-adventurer Richard Hannay (Robert Powell) pits Boys Own spunk and wits against the agents of Imperial Germany – primarily his arch adversary, Count Von Schwabing (Gavin Richards).
Hannay had such a miraculous facility for getting out of desperate situations – which for other mortals would mean certain death – that the plot was rather lacking in tension. But Hannay’s attempts to get himself accepted by London society were amusingly charted.
Unfortunately, the painstaking Edwardian period detail was undermined by childish writing and inane plots.
Count Von Schwabing
Coup de Grace | The Terrors of the Earth | Double Jeopardy | The Good Samaritan | That Rough Music | The Confidence Man | Say the Bells of Shoreditch