Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham
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Series cast summary:
Alex Jennings ...  John Ashenden 4 episodes, 1991
Joss Ackland ...  Cumming 4 episodes, 1991
Ian Bannen ...  'R' 4 episodes, 1991
Jason Isaacs ...  Andrew Lehman 3 episodes, 1991
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ...  'R's Secretary 2 episodes, 1991
Fiona Mollison ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 1991
Jane Hollowood Jane Hollowood ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Stockbridge Peter Stockbridge ...  Roberts 2 episodes, 1991
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Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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17 November 1991 (UK) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Explanatory comment in closing credits of final episode: "The Ashenden stories were based on W. Somerset Maugham's experiences as a spy in World War I. Many of them were destroyed because of the Official Secrets Act. After the book's publication, Maugham never again made his home in England. He died in France in 1965." See more »

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Great Mini Series. It's a scandal that it's not available on DVD or video anywhere
1 January 2004 | by beeryusaSee all my reviews

It's outrageous that this series is not available ANYWHERE in any format. The people responsible for scouting TV series for video production should be taken out and shot for missing this one. Meanwhile the video and DVD markets are literally drowning in crappy TV series and movies. For shame!!


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