1 9 9 1 (UK)
4 x 60 minute episodes
KGB agents Sergei Rublev and Vladimir Zelenski were sent undercover to England in 1966 and forgotten about. Now the Russians want to find them.
In Eccles (Manchester) a dusty radio in the attic of Albert Robinson (Warren Clarke) crackles into life. Albert leaves his wife and children behind, contacts a London banker by the name of Jeremy Coward (Nigel Havers) and travels south, unexpectedly accompanied by Morris, his daughter’s toy monkey.
Having merged seamlessly into British life, Albert has become a happily married brewery worker and shop steward, while Jeremy is a well-to-do City whiz-kid with a £300k salary.
Over the following days, Albert and Jeremy find themselves pursued not only by the KGB – including the beautiful Major Nina Grishina (Joanna Kanska) – who are anxious to recover their ‘sleeping’ spies but also by the clueless agents of MI5 and the ultra-paranoid CIA.
There were plenty of laughs – like the covert KGB film of the 1966 World Cup Final which finally settled the question of Geoff Hurst’s controversial goal, the KGB controller who trained the pair (Michael Gough) and now spoke only in English catchphrases and recited the Peter Sellers’ version of A Hard Day’s Night, and the “secret room” beneath the Kremlin in which the agents were trained and which was now a cobwebby diorama of Swinging London, complete with Minis, miniskirts, bobbies and The Beatles.
Major Nina Grishina
Rev. David Bancroft
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