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An Affair with a Married Woman 

A Russian born Jew, recruited by British Intelligence in 1901 to obtain intelligence on Russian oil fields, is detained in a provincial town under suspicion.


Jim Goddard


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Sidney Reilly
Leo McKern ... Zaharov
Norman Rodway ... Cummings
Peter Egan ... Fothergill
Jeananne Crowley Jeananne Crowley ... Margaret
John Rhys-Davies ... Tanyatos
Sebastian Shaw ... Reverend Thomas
Denis Holmes Denis Holmes ... Admiral Fisher
John Hart Dyke John Hart Dyke ... Pomeroy
John Monckton John Monckton ... Elliott
Howard Lew Lewis Howard Lew Lewis ... Rowhedge
Vic Tablian ... Firsig
Michele Copsey Michele Copsey ... Rose
Benjamin Feitelson ... Sergeant Kott (as Ben Feitelson)
Barbara Ashcroft Barbara Ashcroft ... Mrs. 'A'


Sidney Rosenblum, a Russian born Jew, is recruited by the British espionage service and on his first assignment comes up with intelligence on the Russian oil fields but also sensitive information on their heretofore unknown Persian installations. He is detained in a provincial town by a zealous police inspector but sees a chance to escape. Rosenblum fakes a romantic liaison with the beautiful wife of an aged cleric caught in a dysfunctional marriage. Rosenblum's superiors are distressed with his less than gallant tactics and Margaret Thomas, the young wife in question feels humiliated at having been used. However, Rosenblum has a score to settle. An operative of Zaharov, an influential arms dealer working for the Turks among others, murders Rosenblum's London girlfriend in his zeal to obtain the invaluable documents from her. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

5 September 1983 (UK) See more »

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England, UK See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Directorial duties for this mini-series were divided between Jim Goddard and Martin Campbell who both directed six episodes each. See more »


Sidney Reilly: [Looking around the crypt where he expects to be buried] You don't own this place.
Zaharov: I lease it.
Sidney Reilly: By the year or by the body?
Zaharov: Gallows humor is the hallmark of the Jew.
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Unexpectedly dull
26 April 2019 | by DcamplissonSee all my reviews

When I saw some notes that this was the character that James Bond ( zero zero seven) was based on I expected it to be fascinating and dramatic. Sadly it was unexpectedly dull. Although the locations were at time exotic, the characters moved around them without any apparent sense or urgency. The needs to escape at any cost was discussed but nothing supported it. The curmudgeonly clergyman and the put upon wife seemed two dimensional. And the agent suffered a doctor who like detachment and coolness. This may well be a requisite of secret agents, but it means that actions are undramatic as there is apparently no emotion involved.

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