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One of the best-made espionage
dramas on television was Callan, relating the grim missions of a compassionate
but accomplished killer who worked in counter-espionage for the Section. Edward Woodward
played Callan to perfection with Russell Hunter as his smelly sidekick Lonely. Stemming
from an edition of Armchair Theatre called A Magnum For Schneider shown
in 1967, the show was produced first by ABC, then by Thames when they gained the franchise
to broadcast in the London area in 1968. It continued up to 1972, with a movie based on
the original Magnum... episode being made in 1974, and a revival play
appearing in 1981.