Callan: Set 1
I enjoy British spy dramas a great deal, they are so completely different from the US based ones. The US spy is always a sleek and smooth operator. The British counterpart, with the notable exception of James Bond, tend to be seedy, washed up and generally undesirable characters. Great examples of this can be found in John LeCare’s characters. The two mini series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People are fabulous examples.

Acorn is about to release another TV series from the late 60’s and early 70’s Callan Set 1. Callan ran for 4 seasons and this set is actually from 1970 which was the third season of the series, and the first one broadcast in color.

Callan is played by Edward Woodward and this very much was the series that propelled him to fame. Callan is an assassin employed by a British intelligence service that is so secret it does not even have a name. Callan treats each mission as if it might be the last, to fail is not an option, there are others that would love to take his place.

What amazed me in watching these DVD’s is the amazing quality of production. Although the series is almost 40 years old it is as fresh today as it was when it originally aired. In fact I popped the first DVD in the player and sat down to watch it, it was not until some time later when I was actually reading the press release that it dawned on my just how old the series is. By not being reliant on gadgets and gizmos Callan is a very timeless series. It could be remade today, and the script would require very little modification to bring it up to date.

You can order your copy of Callan: Set 1 from Acorn by clicking on the box art.

Simon Barrett

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