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After visiting a retired KGB officer with secrets to sell, Neil sets off in pursuit of a cell of sleeper agents living apparently normal lives back in the U.K. However, he's not the only ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Dennis Waterman ... John Neil
Leo McKern ... Alexander Petrov
Frances Barber ... Annie Shepherd
Paul Freeman ... Armitage
Nicholas Jones ... Schroeder
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Controller
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Bill Roper (as William Armstrong)
Lalor Roddy ... Mark Grady
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ... Tony Lynch
James Aubrey ... George Grant
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Andy
Peter Armitage ... Eddie Harris
Diane Bull Diane Bull ... Mrs. Grant
James Duggan ... Dempsey
Emer Gillespie ... IRA Woman


After visiting a retired KGB officer with secrets to sell, Neil sets off in pursuit of a cell of sleeper agents living apparently normal lives back in the U.K. However, he's not the only one interested in the ex-KGB man and his English comrades, two of whom quickly end up dead. Neil exerts all his charms to befriend a female member of the cell, and together they try to track down the others. Written by Anonymous

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Dennis Waterman is a reluctant agent
1 December 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I received four of these on two discs. I'm not sure but I think it was a series of four TV movies rather than a series.

Dennis Waterman stars as John Neil, a troubled American operative who lost his wife and boy in an IRA-set fire, has been encouraged again to help with the case of an ex-KGB officer, Petrov (Leo McCreary) who wants to sell secrets to the U.S.

When asked for an idea of what his info is, Petrov gives John two names, both of whom seem to be members of a cell. John finds himself attracted to the woman, Annie Shepherd (Francis Barber) as he attempts to learn information from her. Meanwhile, it seems like someone doesn't want anyone talking.

Decent show with a good cast that includes actress Susan Jameson, who would be Waterman's New Tricks costar 20 years later. I admit I like Waterman better when he's playing a more relaxed, jaunty character. In the role he plays here, for me he has a put-on intensity and uses one expression, an angry one. It just doesn't come off as being organic.

Dennis Waterman is so prolific -- if you like him, you will probably like this as well.

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